More pain at the pump: Gas prices continue to climb statewide

More pain at the pump: Gas prices continue to climb statewide

AAA also said that it expects to rescue more than 340,000 motorists along the roadside this Memorial Day weekend due to flat tires, dead batteries and lockouts.

Nationally, prices increased 5.7 cents a gallon during the last week, to $2.86, the gasoline price website said in a statement.

Automobile travel is predicted to increase for the fourth straight year by almost 5 percent over last Memorial Day.

According to AAA, 1.9 million New England residents are expected to travel, 1.7 million by vehicle.

May 24 and 25 - the Thursday and Friday of the holiday weekend - are predicted to be the busiest travel days with delays on major roads that could be two or three times longer than normal, AAA reported. The total number of Americans projected to fly to holiday destinations is up 6.8 percent from previous year.

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That is nearly 5 percent more than 2017, and the most in more than a dozen years. Travel by bus, rails and water is expected to increase by almost 2.5 percent to more than 53,000 passengers. The nationwide total is up 2.4 percent from a year ago. The average price of a roundtrip flight in the top 40 domestic routes is $168 this year.

Today, Mississippi registered the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $2.57; followed by Louisiana, Arkansas and SC, all at $2.58.

Gas prices this Memorial Day will be at their highest since 2014. Dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience vehicle trouble. AAA Mid-Atlantic is taking a wait-and-see attitude.

Before hitting the road, motorists can get road-trip ready by having their vehicle battery tested, checking tire condition, and ensuring their auto is up-to-date on routine maintenance. "Make a good B-E-T to stay on the road this summer by having your Battery tested, looking for Engine coolant leaks and checking your Tire condition".

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