COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A new report on the fluctuation of gas prices shows that Columbus has averaged some of the steepest increases in the country in 2013.
The study shows that Columbus is 4th worst when it comes to one-time jumps, with an average hike of 30-cents a gallon. The cities ahead of Columbus are all in the midwest as well, with Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Indiana number one and number two, and Dayton 3rd worst. Toledo is immediately behind Columbus, at 5th worst.
Patrick DeHaan, an analyst with columbusgasprices.com, says "Prices in Columbus don't jump many days, but when they do, the jumps are very sizeable."
He points out that Columbus is very high on the list when it comes to small price decreases.
"Not only is Columbus on the list for the largest average jumps, but Columbus also ranks 6th on the amount of days with decreases more than a penny a gallon", Dehaan said.
He can't pinpoint the exact reason why the midwest prices jump all at once, followed by small declines. He equates it to a roller-coaster at Cedar Point, where its, "...a very tall jump, but then a very quick retreat down."
DeHaan says shopping around for the best price could still save you a buck or two. "With prices being so volatile in Columbus, it's certainly one of the areas in the country where realized gas savings could be rather significant by finding those cheap stations."
The largest average jumps outside of the midwest range anyehere from 8 to 14 cents a gallon.