BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Drivers in North Dakota are paying an average of 26 cents more for a gallon of gas than a year ago.

The AAA says the statewide average price is currently $2.48. Rising oil prices are inflating pump prices, which typically have dropped when school starts at the end of summer and families aren't vacationing.

AAA says demand for gas is expected to drop as winter sets in.

Average gas prices are highest in the Bismarck metro area at $2.52, then Grand Forks metro at $2.51 and Fargo at $2.33.