Pain at the pump: Gas prices in Arkansas average $3.89 a gallon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As Arkansans start the new week by filling up their gas tanks, gas prices are still giving many people a sting in their wallets.

According to the latest data from the AAA Gas Price Monitor, the average Monday morning fuel price in the natural state is currently $3.89 per gallon for Regular, up 20 cents from a week ago.

Drivers filling up with diesel fuel have a much harder time, with prices currently averaging $4.82 a gallon.

The most expensive gas prices in Arkansas are currently in the southern part of the state, with Bradley County holding the highest mark at $4.19 per gallon. The county with the cheapest gas currently is Greene County, with prices at $3.72 per gallon.

Currently in central Arkansas, the driver’s average in Little Rock and Hot Springs is $3.90 per gallon and $3.91 in Pine Bluff.

The average gas price across the country is $4.33 a gallon, with California currently highest at $5.74 and Kansas lowest at $3.82.

According to AAA, with the price of crude oil now below $110 a barrel, there is a glimmer of hope that the sharp rise may subside, but that remains highly unpredictable.

“It’s worth remembering that the cost of oil is about 50% of what drivers pay at the pump,” said AAA spokesman Andrew Gross. “This war is upsetting an already tight global oil market and it is difficult to determine whether we are close to a peak for prices at the pump, or if they continue to climb. It all depends on the direction of oil prices.

Edward N. Arrington