Gas prices rising as summer approaches

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Where you go matters when it comes to gas prices.

According to GasBuddy, which tracks local gasoline prices, the average price in Kentucky on Friday was $2.92 per gallon, compared to $2.97 nationally.

Jackson added that she'd like to go SC for the holiday, but gas prices are so high she sometimes has to choose between activities. And if you're in California, you're seeing the worst of it - an average price of $3.72. Wyoming, Minnesota and OH round out the top six. When asked about gas prices being a factor in their travel this weekend, travelers said prices are higher than they'd like, but not affecting their travel plans just yet.

A lot of them associate Memorial Day with the unofficial kick off to summer, but not all, like Bill Wagner.


GasBuddy is expecting summer travel as a whole to plunge due to the higher prices.

The West Coast typically has the most expensive gas. And what rings true is that with such a big jump in prices, motorists are absolutely becoming more price conscious as they make plans this summer. Folks in some areas, such as San Francisco, are seeing prices near $4 per gallon. 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.

At The Eastern Iowa Airport, Director Marty Lenss said fuel prices have not had any immediate effect on fares. It has already been a busy weekend in the Magnolia State as people hit the road to celebrate the holiday.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the official start of the summer travel season.


Farmer says the hike can be linked to decisions made in DC.

"For all those that have said summer travel will be unaffected, we offer thousands of respondents who have strongly indicated that's not true, especially as gas prices continue to climb", DeHaan said.

Rising oil prices in recent months could cut into travel budgets, potentially leaving consumers with less money that would otherwise go to holiday shopping discounts. But there are some people who won't be jamming the highways for a weekend getaway.


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