Sacramento, CA — The American Automotive Association says California gas prices have hit record levels.
AAA says the statewide average price for a gallon of unleaded self-serve is now up to $2.66. That´s up 71 cents since January.
That makes California second only to Hawaii as the most expensive state in the country to fill up.
California´s average is 31 cents higher that the nationwide average of $2.35 a gallon.
Analysts say the rise in gas prices are due to the rising cost of crude oil which has been trading for as high as $64 a barrel.
The rise in crude prices stems from fears of supply disruptions based on Iran´s reported development of nuclear weapons and terrorist threats in Saudi Arabia.
AAA says prices are likely to continue climbing before they fall.