Drivers catch a break as gas prices hold steady - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Drivers catch a break as gas prices hold steady

NEW YORK (AP) - Motorists are getting a small break at the pump as they fill up for the weekend. Average retail gasoline prices are holding steady at the same level as a week ago, about $2.81 a gallon.

Pump prices are still more than 13 cents higher than they were at the same time last year, according to AAA and other price-watchers.

They've climbed in recent weeks as refineries started producing more expensive blends to reduce pollution in warmer weather. Energy analysts and the government predict prices will reach $3 or more by summer, as more drivers hit the road.

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