Gas prices spike as Memorial Day weekend nears

Gas prices are at a four-year high expected to top $3/gallon around Memorial Day in Pennsylvania

According to the annual survey, only 58 percent say they will take a road trip, a 24 percent decrease from a year ago, while 39 percent cite high gas prices for impacting their summer travel decisions, compared to 19 percent in 2017.

The national average, by comparison, reached $2.96 a gallon Wednesday, its highest point since November, 2014, according to GasBuddy, which credited the rise to "a recent rally in oil prices".

"The difference in a tank of gas for me is like 5 or 6 bucks so it's not really a deal breaker for me at the moment", said Keeden Hopkins, a Greenville resident.

Memorial Day travel is expected to be at 12-year highs this weekend even as gasoline prices soar to their highest level in several years.

The association survey found that drivers in Wichita Falls are paying the least in Texas at $2.65 per gallon, while motorists in Midland are paying the most at $3.06.

Jason Piening, also of West Toledo, said the price of gas affects his driving habits - but not much. That's a almost five percent increase from a year ago.

The vast majority of travelers - about 37 million - will commute by auto.

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"Certainly, we feel those congestion impacts at times like Memorial Day weekend when everyone starts to hit the road".

The California Highway Patrol and other agencies will be out in force, in part for the two-week nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign that began Monday and lasts through June 3. North Carolina's average for a gallon of regular Thursday is $2.78.

According to AAA's Leisure Travel Index, airfares are 7 percent lower than last Memorial Day. 2 will have to squeeze into one lane each way just west of the Edison Bridge over Sandusky Bay because of slope repairs at the State Rt. He said a high pressure system will increase the heat.

AAA is linking the predicted growth in holiday travel to the economy.

High temperatures locally will hit the mid-80s Friday through Monday, with a chance of thunderstorms Friday through Sunday morning, the National Weather Service reports. Lines are long on getaway days.

Say something: The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) advises drivers to call 9-1-1 and notify police of any bad behavior spotted on the roads during the holidays.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record.

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