AAA predicts that Memorial Day gas prices will be the highest since 2014.
At least 17 states were already at $3 per gallon as of Thursday, according to GasBuddy. Travel for Memorial Day Weekend is expected to hit near-record numbers. It is the ideal time for tips to take the sting out of gas prices, says Robert Sinclair of AAA.
"We do not want to see the price of oil get more expensive as we go into the summer driving season", said Sen.
In addition to those on the road, AAA is estimating that 3.1 million Americans will take to skies this weekend and 1.8 million will use trains, buses and ships - bring the total estimated number of Americans traveling this weekend to around 42 million. The average cost in the Los Angeles area is $3.76 per gallon - 69 cents higher than at the same time in 2017. In Onslow County, prices are slightly higher, averaging at $2.79/g.
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"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 auto Thursday.
Several factors have helped drive oil prices higher, including a wave of global economic growth has driven up demand for oil. Overall, AAA estimates that 41.5 million Americans will travel by vehicle, planes, trains, buses and cruise ships over Memorial Day weekend, the highest since 2005.
"What especially rings true is that with such a big jump in prices, motorists are absolutely becoming more price conscious as they make plans this summer, DeHaan said". So he said to shop around and look for the best prices, even if it is an extra few miles away.
"The Federal Trade Commission has found this cycle, though maddening, can actually save people a couple cents a gallon", DeHaan said. In June, OPEC is expected to consider increasing oil production. That's when prices at the pump start changing people's habits and travel plans.