Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

AAA expects high gas prices, travel demand

AAA expects high gas prices, travel demand

Roads and planes are expected to be packed.

As drivers head out, they'll find the highest prices at the pump since the Memorial Day holiday of 2014.

AAA anticipates more than 4.5 million Americans will travel, which is almost 5 percent more than a year ago.

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

Those filling up in Raleigh should be prepared to pay more compared to surrounding cities.

Spann says she understands the market forces that make fuel prices rise.

Most travelers will hit the road. That's five percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years.

Lower prices for airfares and vehicle rentals should make up for higher gas prices, according to a AAA press release.

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The bad news? At a national average of $2.96 a gallon as of Thursday.

Among those filling up at the Shell Xpress Mart on Delk Road right by Interstate 75, where regular unleaded was priced at $2.89 a gallon Thursday afternoon, was Lanicia Wilson, a Marietta resident who works as an assistant manager at Corner Bakery in Cumberland. IL has seen one of the largest monthly increases in the country, AAA said, with the average rising 23 cents since late April.

Travelers should also pack light because the more weight on your auto, the less fuel efficient it is.

"That's the biggest year since 2005", said CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg.

This year's average is 53 cents per gallon more than last year's $2.57 per gallon; and 82 cents a gallon over $2.28, the cost per gallon two years ago, according to Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst with Boston-based GasBuddy.

But even as the prices are surging, there are ways to save at the pump.

Jay Berschback, chief meteorologist at WTVG-TV Channel 13, said Saturday offered the weekend's greatest chance of thunderstorms, and that local temperatures could hit 90 for the first time this year on Monday. If they're under-inflated, it creates more friction between the rubber and the road, so it puts more drag on your vehicle and you're losing those miles per gallon. "But no matter how you count these tragic incidents, there are just too many", said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "All of these can be easily addressed before the holiday weekend, but the time to act is now".

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