The nationwide average for gasoline prices continued its march toward the $4 mark Monday, hovering at $3.77 a gallon, according to the motorist group AAA.
The average price of regular unleaded gasoline climbed three-tenths of a cent in the latest 24-hour period, marking the 27th straight increase, AAA said.
The nationwide average was $3.475 a gallon a month ago and $3.70 a week ago. Last year at this time, the average price stood at $3.50.
The average price is 34.7 cents, or about 8.4%, lower than the record high of $4.11 on July 17, 2008.
Average prices for regular gasoline top $4 a gallon in California, Alaska and Hawaii. At $4.38 a gallon, Hawaii ranks as the nation's high. Prices are within a few cents of the $4 mark in Connecticut, Oregon and New York, according to AAA.
Wyoming has the nation's lowest gas prices, averaging $3.21 a gallon.