Costly summer for gas
BOSTON - Consumers have seen the most expensive summer at the pump since 2014 with an average of $2.73 per gallon thus far. The average gas price over Labor Day weekend is expected to be $2.84 per gallon, a 20-cent increase from Labor Day 2017. On average, motorists have shelled out more than $1.11 billion per day on gasoline purchases this season, up from a decade low of $912 million per day during the summer of 2016, according to GasBuddy, the smartphone app that tracks prices. This summer’s total fuel bill, while the highest since 2015, will still be the third lowest since 2011, GasBuddy said. “It’s been consistently a more painful summer at the pump than what we’ve been accustomed to when compared to the last few summers,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.