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Expect busy roads, high gas prices this weekend

29 May, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Gas prices spike before travel-heavy Memorial Day weekend, but travelers so far are undeterred

SCHAPER: DeHaan says the price at the pump is about 60 cents a gallon higher than at this time past year. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.97, which is five cents more than this day last week and 60 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time a year ago.

Only 58 percent said they will take a road trip this summer, a 24 percent decrease from previous year, while 39 percent cited high gas prices for impacting their summer travel decisions, compared to 19 percent in 2017, the survey reported.

As of Friday, the national gas price average was $2.97.

Gasbuddy.com pegs the statewide average price for a gallon of gasoline at about $3.15.

AAA predicts 36.6 million people will be on the roads, about 4.7% more than Memorial Day weekend in 2017.

"Be courteous, because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you are bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - don't let other drivers ruin your holiday", he said.

If you're traveling this Memorial Day weekend, there are some things you can do to essentially get the most from your gas tank. The 2014 prices were so high because crude oil was up in the triple digits, mimicking the spike in crude this season.

For drivers, the high prices might mean change in plans. The days of the $2 per gallon prices seem to be long gone in the near future.


Jackson added that she'd like to go SC for the holiday, but gas prices are so high she sometimes has to choose between activities.

In another positive sign for consumers, oil prices slipped slightly Friday, amid news that OPEC is likely to boost oil production starting later this year in a move that could lower gas prices.

"Memorial Day is typically tied with Labor Day for our most-traveled weekend", Derrey said.

Almost 2 million Floridians will hit the roads this Memorial Day weekend.

"It's been raining and cold all winter, so this is great, we're taking advantage of the day", says Randy Quinn. "Unless you get an electric auto, but I'd forget to plug it in", McCord says with a smile.

"We did a summer survey and 24 percent of those surveyed said they would do a staycation versus a vacation", said Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst with Gas Buddy. They stopped in Roanoke to fill up with gas.

So many, in fact, they were let in three hours before the official 12 p.m. opening.

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