High gas prices affect drivers travelling plans

High gas prices affect drivers travelling plans

The average price for regular unleaded gas in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas this weekend is $3.76 per gallon, according to AAA, up almost 70 cents from previous year at this time.

Those numbers come from AAA, which reported that regular gasoline was going for $3.27 per gallon in the Tri-Cities on Wednesday, up from $2.75 previous year this time.

Only 58 percent said they will take a road trip this summer, a 24 percent decrease from a year ago, while 39 percent cited high gas prices for impacting their summer travel decisions, compared to 19 percent in 2017, the survey reported.

The weather is the one thing, not only travelers, but also Campground owner say has been keeping people on the go for memorial day.

"We really don't see it having an impact on numbers", said Jessica O'Riley, tourism communications manager with the Iowa Tourism Office.

Contrasting the AAA report, a GasBuddy survey reported that gas prices are more likely to discourage road trips.

According to GasBuddy's annual travel survey, 58 percent of respondents said they plan to take a road trip this summer - marking a 24 percentage point drop from the 82 percent who said past year they had such plans.

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Oil prices recently surged above $70 a barrel, the highest level since November 2014, in reaction to declining supplies and President Trump re-starting sanctions against Iran, a major oil producer.

In the United States, consumers typically don't turn away from fossil fuel-powered cars until the price of gasoline approaches $4 a gallon.

Gas prices are marching toward the $3 mark nationwide as the summer driving season begins.

According to AAA, more than 200,000 West Virginians will travel over the long weekend, a 5 percent increase from 2017. Roads and planes are expected to be packed. Those prices reportedly began to climb back up after crashing in 2015 thanks to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil cartel teaming with Russian Federation to slash production prices.

Along with traffic woes, holiday travelers are facing high gas prices, up about a penny a day over the last few weeks.

If you are looking for some advice on how to get the most bang for your buck at the gas pump, Ottinger said, "Make sure your vehicle is ready to go. We're making good time", said Launa Moran. They stopped in Roanoke to fill up with gas.

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