Even if prices continue to increase, AAA still is predicting that the national average will likely crest lower and earlier than in recent years. In 2011, the national average for regular gasoline peaked at $3.98 on May 5. In 2012, the price peaked at $3.94 on April 5 and 6. The highest price to date in 2013 is $3.79 recorded on Feb. 27.