Published: Fri, May 25, 2018

Millions Of Americans Hitting The Roads, Skies For Memorial Day Weekend

Millions Of Americans Hitting The Roads, Skies For Memorial Day Weekend

At this time past year, the average was only $2.20.

While some stations held out at previous prices in the $2.60s and $2.70s, their numbers have dwindled, and Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at, predicted $2.999 per gallon was likely to be the prevailing price throughout the region by the weekend.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial kickoff to summer for many, and millions typically travel to see friends and relatives, according to both reports.

"That's right. The pain at the pump, we have to bear it", said Spann.

Getting from point A to point B is pricier. That's about an increase of a penny since last week, but still well below the record price of $4.70 set in October 2012. But a constellation of factors have contributed to the spike, including rising oil prices, geopolitical developments and the strong economy.

Gas prices averaged $2.72 in April, an increase of 33 cents from a year ago, because of expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply.

And even the gas guzzlers are flying off the lots this weekend as people rent RVs for the holiday.

The THP said there have been 60 fewer fatalities statewide this year compared to the same time last year and they intend to keep that number low.

The increase in gas prices does not seem to be affecting most people's travel plans.

"Make sure your tires are properly inflated".

"We have a camper and we chose not to bring the camper and use our vehicle, because it gets so much better gas mileage", said King. "But no matter how you count these tragic incidents, there are just too many", he said.

State police are also participating in Operation CARE, which stands for Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort, according to a Wednesday state police news release.

INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, said despite elevated gas prices, the estimates can only mean travel delays on major roads that could be three times as long as normal with the busiest days expected to be Thursday and Friday as commuters will mix with holiday travelers.

When it comes to fuel efficiency and running air conditioning, Milani says newer cars are built for comfort and to be fuel efficient, so it's best to do your usual summertime driving habits. It's going to cost you at the pump.

Research shows driving around 55 to 60 miles per hour is the most fuel efficient; accelerating or stopping quickly burns up gasoline.

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