Gas prices are marching toward the $3 mark nationwide as the summer driving season begins.
"I think we could see three bucks on Memorial Day," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at gas-station finding app GasBuddy. "It's going to be really close."
Fuel prices were not expected to rise this high this year. But a constellation of factors have contributed to the spike, including rising oil prices, geopolitical developments and the strong economy.