Holiday weekend causes gas hikes

Gas prices spike before travel-heavy Memorial Day weekend, but travelers so far are undeterred

Even with gas prices sitting at an average of $2.66 per gallon statewide, when you compare the costs of other things like hotels and food, experts say gas is a relatively small piece of the overall costs. The national average as of Friday morning was around $2.97 per gallon, which could climb this weekend. An increase in the average price to more than $3 a gallon is nearly certain to occur by July 4.

In fact, more than 41.5 million Americans are expected to hit the road for Memorial Day, up almost 5% from 2017, according to AAA.

Despite all these potential problems, hassles and headaches, none of it is keeping the majority of holiday travelers at home. The Post also notes that Venezuela's oil production has significantly decreased amidst that country's political and economic crisis, hitting a three-decade low of 1.6 million barrels per day earlier this year.

If you plan on traveling for Memorial Day weekend, here are the times you should try and avoid, according to reports.

Brad Adams, a meteorologist with the Sioux Falls National Weather Service, said the three-digit temperatures in Sioux City set a new high temperature record for May 27.

And Gas Buddy, a leading observer of retail fuel spending, said a summer travel survey it did offered some stark news. In 2008, at the height of the recession, gas prices were $4.29 a gallon, according to AAA.

The average price for unleaded gas in Bay County is $2.89.

This Memorial Day Weekend, more Virginians are on the road than in the last 12 years. "You start to make alternatives - instead of maybe going for a ride, you go for a walk or take the bike".

"The Auto Club reminds holiday weekend drivers that driving just five miles above the freeway speed limit of 65 miles per hour will reduce their fuel economy by about nine percent", Spring said.

In our area, AAA said the worst time to travel will be between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Drivers say the time spent with family tops the extra pinch felt at the pump.

Many commuters will feel the pain at the pump, as gas will cost them an additional $10 a week, said Damon Runberg, state of Oregon Employment Department regional economist.

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