Gas prices to increase as Memorial Day weekend creeps up

Casey Dawson
May 25, 2018

Unlike Wyatt, some 41.5 million Americans will make holiday trips this weekend, according to AAA, formerly the American Automobile Association.

AAA predicts people will be traveling in near-record numbers, but they'll also be paying the highest gas prices for the weekend since 2014.

If our suggestion is not enough, then consider this: According to ValuePenguin, a personal finance website, you are four times more likely to die in a traffic accident over the Memorial Day weekend as over a regular weekend.

"Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether - traveling late morning or early afternoon - or plan alternative routes", Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research for INRIX - an analytics company that collaborated with AAA in the forecast - said in a news release about holiday travel. "It's just an economic issue, that has to do with the availability of gas", Spann said.

According to AAA's Leisure Travel Index, airfares are 7 percent lower than last Memorial Day, landing at an average price of $168 for a round-trip flight along 40 domestic routes. "The sad fact is that many traffic crashes are preventable, but in order to prevent them, we all have to do our part by buckling up, complying with speed limits, eliminating distractions and never driving impaired". The organization says prices for the average airline ticket are down seven percent from past year, with the average price for a round-trip ticket at $168.

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McLaughlin, who sold his motor home several years ago, said rising gas prices is one of the reasons he hasn't traveled in the last few years and doesn't plan to anytime soon.

If you're vehicle is on empty right now, you might be out of luck finding anything cheap pretty much anywhere this weekend - but prices aren't expected to stop more than the million North Carolinians expected to travel this weekend. On average, that's more than two people a day, 16 people a week and 70 people a month.

With gas prices on a steady climb right now, it is hard to gauge when they will decrease.

AAA said it is a good idea to get cars inspected before hitting the road. "And I really don't care which state I'm in - I still have to buy gas, and the gas companies are going to raise the prices". Dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience auto trouble. "Also, keep your vehicle load lighter that will save you some gas as well". Over a 24-hour period on Friday, May 25, 2018, public safety agencies, departments of transportation and numerous other local and state agencies from across the country will inundate Twitter with the "Move Over" message using hashtag #MoveOver18.

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