This time last year, gasoline prices were averaging close to $4 per gallon in Connecticut, and AAA expects the price per gallon to climb again this spring when refineries shut down for seasonal maintenance.
According to AAA, last spring's prices reached between $3.85 and $4.05 per gallon. This year, AAA estimates prices could range from $3.85 to $4.05 per gallon in Connecticut, and $3.55 to $3.75 per gallon nationwide, on average.
Spokesperson Aaron Kupec said prices typically rise in the spring when maintenance on oil refineries cuts production and limits gasoline supplies.
Residents say they're not looking forward to paying more at the pump.
"Four dollars? It makes me stay home more," said Chris Savard, also of Waterbury. "Makes it harder to go to work. It makes everything just harder."
Connecticut gas prices are among the highest in the nation.