Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Rising gas prices not expected to curb travel

Gas prices spike before travel-heavy Memorial Day weekend, but travelers so far are undeterred CA gas prices are highest in nation ahead of Memorial Day
Ellis Copeland | 25 May, 2018, 19:56

Arnette said the Memorial Day weekend is second only to the Thanksgiving weekend for holiday traffic volume. But the good news is that Louisville is expected to soon drop back below the national average of $2.98 a gallon, according to Patrick DeHaan, the head of petroleum analysis with Gas Buddy.

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

"It's really, really frustrating, especially since there's like a lot of disparities between gas prices and location", said Lucas Cliff, who was also filling up his vehicle Thursday.

However, experts don't expect that to keep Americans home this Memorial Day Weekend - the unofficial start of summer travel.

"We're expecting more travelers for the holiday than we've seen in more than a dozen years", Ingram said. "If gas prices do continue to increase yeah that might be an issue for us". The average cost for a rental vehicle is also down. CT comes in at $3.13 a gallon with New Jersey just over $3 a gallon. But a constellation of factors have contributed to the spike, including rising oil prices, geopolitical developments and the strong economy.

The top Memorial Day travel destinations, according to AAA, are Orlando, Fla., Seattle, Wash., and Honolulu, Hawaii.

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At AAA Northwest Ohio's Sylvania Township travel-services center this week, West Toledo resident Mark Johnson said he'll stay home this weekend but plans to drive to Florida later this summer.

The release said 843 people died on Virginia highways during 2017 - 22 died in Frederick County, according to the DMV - and 280 have died this year.

"I think they're trying to just stick us up for the holiday", said Cliff Robertson, who was filling up his auto Thursday heading into the holiday weekend. "But no matter how you count these tragic incidents, there are just too many", said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

"After paying out the nose for gas over the last few years, I'm used to annual price increases", said Glen McLaughlin, 62, who lives in Hesperia.

In Toledo, I-75 reconstruction between I-475 and Lagrange Street is in its final season, but two lanes will be open in both directions throughout the holiday weekend. "Use your camera to photograph parking space numbers so you don't forget them, and always take a group photo of your family before heading to crowded places in case you get separated and need to quickly describe the missing person".

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