The national average for fuel has climbed to $3.68 a gallon, which is the highest average for Independence Day since 2008.

The national average for fuel has climbed to $3.68 a gallon, which is the highest average

for Independence Day since 2008. Fuel costs are currently 20 cents higher than the

national average recorded on July 4, 2013. In Nebraska, the average price for the same

grade of fuel is $3.60 a gallon which is eight cents lower than the national average.

Rising crude oil prices, due to escalating tensions in Iraq, have contributed to the

latest round of increases at the pump. The impact may have been much greater, if not

for a substantial jump in U.S. crude oil production. North Dakota is now the nation’s

number two oil producer behind Texas. North Dakota is producing about one million

barrels a day. Adding lower priced Ethanol to fuel blends is also helping to keep pump

prices down. For the latest information in fuel prices, visit AAA.com and click-on Fuel

Prices. Useful tools include the Fuel Cost Calculator, the Fuel Price Finder, weekly

commentaries from oil industry experts, and access to fuel information in all 50 states.

More than 120,000 fuel outlets participate in the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.