ATLANTA — Gas prices across the state have remained steady at an average of $2.14 a gallon -- more than 30 cents below their levels at this time one year ago.

The averages have remained between $2.14 and $2.17 across Georgia for nearly three weeks. They leveled out there after briefly flirting with the $2 point in mid-January.

Compared to the rest of the nation, Georgia ranks 18th for the least expensive gas in the nation. This week, the national average for regular unleaded is $2.28 per gallon.

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Most expensive price averages across the state can be found in Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.18), Atlanta ($2.17), Savannah ($2.16).

Least expensive price averages across the state can be found in Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.03), Warner Robins ($2.05), Dalton ($2.05)."

Drivers continue to find gas prices that are well below what they paid this time last year," said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. "Low oil prices have helped keep gas prices relatively low, so far this year."

AAA says they expect prices to rise a bit over the spring with higher demand, along with a switch to the more expensive to produce summer-blend gasoline.

According to Jenkins, AAA is forecasting the national average for regular unleaded to peak at about $2.75 per gallon.

For gas prices across metro Atlanta in real time, please visit the 11Alive Gas Prices page at 11Alive.com/gasprices

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