ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Trying to time when to fill-up your gas tank is a challenge in Missouri and Illinois. Gas Buddy reports the two states saw more hikes than any other state.

Mike Right of AAA says the average price in Missouri currently is $1.82 and that is down from last week. He says in Spring and into the Summer driving season, prices are likely to increase.

The Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Association’s Ronald Leone would not comment on Gas Buddy’s report. He says that the St. Louis five-county metro area is unique, because the EPA mandates that the areas use a boutique fuel called reformulated gasoline.

Leone adds that volatile prices are consistent nationwide. He adds sharp increases are not new to Missouri or Illinois.

“When it comes to the Missouri prices that you are paying at the pump, we are typically five to 10 cents lower per gallon than the national average,” Leone says.

Right says they are currently working on switching from the Winter blend to the Summer blend and that often is the case in erratic movement in pricing.

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