Ohio Memorial Day Weekend Traffic May Suck More Than Usual

Ohio Memorial Day Weekend Traffic May Suck More Than Usual

Ohio Memorial Day Weekend Traffic May Suck More Than Usual

AAA recently released its list of the worst times to hit the road for what's expected to be a record Memorial Day travel weekend. That translates into gasoline costing about $3 a gallon on average in the U.S.as of Friday, compared to $2.30 a year earlier.

Likewise, Patrick Stirling, who drove all the way from Louisiana to Parkston, South Dakota, where he was raised, said the higher gas prices would not impact his travels at all.

The national average is about $2.93 per gallon and it's expected to keep rising through the summer.

But with 37 million travelers expected on the nation's roads this holiday weekend - and almost 3 million of those folks in D.C., Maryland and Virginia - higher gas prices have not put a damper on holiday travel. So the prices we're seeing now are really more the norm.

The decrease in motorists' appetite to hit the road comes at a time when the national average gasoline price is at its highest point since November 2014 due to a recent rally in oil prices because of long-term OPEC production cuts, the USA exiting the Iran nuclear deal, declining US oil inventories and high demand, experts said.

"This could be the high-water mark for the driving season", he said.

But experts say for the past three years, drivers were fortunate to see lower prices.


In Central Oregon the price of a gallon of gas is already approaching $3.29 a gallon, according to AAA. Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said they would likely put more barrels on the market in the second half of the year.

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 auto is ready to go".

Along with traffic woes, holiday travelers are facing high gas prices, up about a penny a day over the last few weeks. More than 200 thousand West Virginians are going to be traveling, and about 89 percent of those are going to be hitting the roadways, " Autumn Bess, AAA Beckley District Supervisor, said.

It kicked off Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Monday at midnight. "Only now, for the first time in eight years, we can put it exclusively on them".

"Maybe they'll make one less stop at a restaurant on the entire trip or they'll make changes in their daily habits to cut down on fuel costs", Garrity continued.

And also more expensive getting on a plane this summer you're going to have lots of company because airlines expect more Americans to fly this summer than ever before.

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