If you do any amount of driving, you've probably noticed that the price of gas has risen steadily over the past several weeks. As a matter of fact, it's gone up by about 45 cents per gallon since January. According to AAA.com, April ended with the most expensive gas prices in four years.

Here on the Southcoast, we are paying an average of 42 cents more for a gallon of self-serve regular gas than we were last year at this time. That translates to nearly $8.00 more to fill the tank. And with oil prices continuing to rise, it could be an expensive summer driving season.

As of May 1st, gasbuddy.com tells us that the lowest prices in the area can be found at these locations.

In New Bedford: 

Marty's Gas, 2963 Acushnet Ave...$2.67

HiLo Gas, 2790 Acushnet Ave...$2.69

Gas Express, 52 Tarkiln Hill Road...$2.69

In Dartmouth:

BJ's, 460 State Road...$2.63

Speedway, 94 Faunce Corner Road...$2.75

Cumberland Farms, 122 State Road...$2.75

In Fall River:

Speedway, 175 Milliken Blvd...$2.79

Shell, 372 Plymouth Ave...$2.79

Gulf, 350 Rodman St...$2.79

In Fairhaven:

Getty, 371 Huttleston Ave...$2.69

Valero, 130 Huttleston Ave...$2.80

In Wareham:

Cape Cod Gas, 3037 Cranberry Highway...$2.75

In Westport:

Cumberland Farms, 596 State Road...$2.68

According to AAA, the average price per gallon in the Bay State is $2.80. That's not terrible, considering people in California are now paying an average of $3.21 for a gallon of regular gas.