Memorial Day gas prices the highest in four years

Memorial Day gas prices the highest in four years

You're Not Alone Millions of Americans are hitting the road, rails or jetting off for the weekend.

Millions of Americans are hitting the road, rails or jetting off for the weekend.

For the first time in years higher gas prices are influencing potential travelers who are wary of a near $3-per-gallon national average, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

On Friday afternoon, a the GasBuddy mobile application reported prices for 23 gas stations in Morganton and Valdese that had an average price of $2.72. That price is six cents more than last week and is 58 cents more per gallon compared to this day a year ago. That's 25% higher than last year's price of $2.37 a gallon and the highest price since 2014. Still, some customers, like Bristol, Virginia, resident Deborah Jackson, aren't happy. "So if you choose to ignore Florida's seat belt law, you can expect to receive a ticket as a costly reminder if you are stopped by an officer", Chenault said. "I'm lucky to be able to get to our doctor appointments".

In Los Angeles County, the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded is slightly above the state average, coming in about $3.76 per gallon, according to a news release from the Automobile Club of Southern California.

"That's not saying we are trying to put more troopers here to give more tickets, we are putting more troopers here to try to reduce the number of crashes that we see, we are looking for violations that cause crashes and statically see cause deaths on the highway", said trooper Matt McLaughin.

He cringes a little when he sees $3.39 per gallon for premium fuel.

Still, he said, there's something drives can do to help improve their gas mileage: slow down. "I'm not sure how much it would cost me to fill it".

"The taxes are lower in Virginia and the gas is lower in Tennessee", Cunningham said.

Gas prices have soared, and some areas of the country are feeling it more than others. This weekend kicks off the summer vacation season and NPR's David Schaper is about to tell us it's going to be especially busy this year. The suspensions start today at noon and end at noon Tuesday. And it's up 50 percent from a year ago, at around $80 a barrel.

MassDOT has stopped construction for the holiday weekend to ease some of the traffic. Fuel prices have increased more than most other consumer goods over the a year ago.

Trying to avoid holiday traffic?

If prices don't calm down, some drivers could decide to stay home rather than pay up at the pump.

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