US Memorial Day travel to rise for 4th straight year: AAA

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That is in spite of rising gas prices, which are expected to the highest for a Memorial Day weekend in four years, AAA officials said.

"Higher gas prices will not be enough to keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend", Vicky Evans, AAA's assistant vice president for travel sales development, said.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.909 at self-service pumps in the Ocean State, according to AAA's weekly survey.

Prices in Pittsburgh are 40.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago, and 16 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

As drivers brace for a more expensive Memorial Day road trip and summer driving season, AAA offers tips to save on gas. Some experts believe that much higher gas prices will undermine the increase in discretionary income that tax cuts gave to many middle and lower income people.

Attendants said they changed the price signs at 10 a.m., Monday.

"That could make everything more expensive from your Amazon package deliveries to shipping costs and certainly airlines facing higher jet fuel prices".

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DeHaan told 24 Hour News 8 the price of crude oil, which is now above $70 a barrel, is the biggest factor in the gas price spike.

Gas prices in the Lima region have gone down 3.7 cents since Sunday, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Monthly average gasoline prices are forecast to reach a summer peak of $2.97 per gallon in June, before falling to $2.86 per gallon in September.

The Detroit-area's average was about $2.94, up about 6 cents per gallon.

Meanwhile, Hertz is projecting Atlanta, Los Angeles, Orlando, Las Vegas and Kahului, Hawaii to be its busiest locations for vehicle rentals, according to AAA.

DeHaan said we could see this $3.09 price again a few days before the holiday.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on May 14 in NY have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.48 per gallon in 2017, $2.37 in 2016, $2.83 in 2015, $3.89 in 2014 and $3.72 in 2013.

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