Virginia gas spending at highest rate in history

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Triple A says Virginians spent more for gasoline in 2011 than in any previous year.

The total cost of fueling up this year was $4,554 through Friday. The Auto Club says that tops the previous one-year high of $4,340 in 2008.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that the price of a gallon of regular gas averaged $3.12 in Hampton Roads on Friday. That's 17 cents more than the $2.95 a gallon average of a year ago.

On the plus side, Virginians pay less than the national average. The national average is $3.27, while the state average is $3.17.