Motorists were paying nearly seven cents more at the pump on New Year's Day than they were a week ago in Georgia, according to GasBuddy.com.
The technology company recorded an average of $2.32 per gallon in Georgia on Monday. While it was a bigger jump than the national average increase of roughly four cents per gallon, the state's average price remained more than 15 cents less than the national price per gallon.
The Georgia average on Monday was 7.7 cents higher than the same day last year, but unchanged from a month ago. The national average increased 1.3 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 13.6 cents a gallon higher than January 1 of last year.
"2017 wrapped up a fairly tame year, but keep in mind oil prices are among the highest we've witnessed in over two years, and we're in the middle of a severe cold snap, one which is likely to drive up demand for heating oil, propane and other petroleum products, which is certainly a bullish start to the year," Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy said.
AAA released its numbers for the week on Wednesday.