2012 most expensive year for US motorists

NEW YORK Tue Jan 1, 2013 10:39am EST

Commuters arrive at Holland Tunnel to drive into New York from Jersey City, New Jersey November 7, 2012, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Commuters arrive at Holland Tunnel to drive into New York from Jersey City, New Jersey November 7, 2012, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The average U.S. gasoline price in 2012 was a record-high $3.60 a gallon, topping the previous high of $3.51 in 2011, travel group AAA said on Monday.

AAA blamed refinery outages, major hurricanes and unrest in the Middle East for the rise.

Drivers in states like Hawaii, Alaska, California and New York paid the highest prices.

However, the price fell to $3.30 a gallon in December, the lowest monthly average for the year, AAA said.

(Reporting by Selam Gebrekidan)