High Gas Prices Not Deterring Travelers This Weekend

May 25, 2018, 19:51
High Gas Prices Not Deterring Travelers This Weekend

"We always expect it to be crowded on Memorial Day weekend so when you are traveling on the holiday weekend, you just expect it", said Nellie Ireland, tourist.

"For every five miles an hour you're over 50 miles per hour, the vehicle uses more gas trying to fight the extra wind resistance", said Robert Sinclair with AAA.

AAA Carolinas predicts more than 1.2 million North Carolinians will travel this Memorial Day weekend, with more than 1.1 million driving to their destinations.

Today, the USA average is $2.95, which is 19 cents higher than a month ago and 59 cents more than a year ago.

"I'll just get bursts of like 10 people at a time, so yeah, it gets pretty insane", Portland gas attendant David Jacobs said on Thursday.

Add to that the fact that there will likely be more people on the road this weekend than there have been in recent memory.

The number of travelers is expected to be up 5 percent from previous year nationwide and up by 4 percent in IL, where 2 million people will travel, according to AAA. Idaho has the 7th highest gas prices in the country, joining neighbors Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Utah on the Top Ten list.

Thursday's average was around $2.62 but it is still about a 50 cent hike compared to 2017.

"My favorite thing to do is to just hop in the auto and drive, but I don't really plan on anything around holidays", the Martinsburg, W.Va., resident said as he gassed up his vehicle on Tuesday in Winchester.

Gas prices are marching toward the $3 mark nationwide as the summer driving season begins. "Also, keep your vehicle load lighter that will save you some gas as well".

Almost 220,000 Idahoans will be among them, according to new projections by AAA.

As of May 24, the national average for regular gas in $2.96 per gallon of regular unleaded.

Spickler said customers don't mind paying a little bit more for gas, especially since drivers still remember the pinch at the pump back in 2008.

"A quick visual inspection can identify maintenance issues and help avoid a major headache at the roadside", says Matthew Conde, public affairs director for AAA Idaho.

Overall, gas prices ticked up slightly across the state just ahead of the long weekend.

So he said to shop around and look for the best prices, even if it is an extra few miles away.

"Spring Break and Christmas are our busiest times", she said in an email. "All of these can be easily addressed before the holiday weekend, but the time to act is now".

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