Memorial Day weekend travel: Gas prices, camping, and beaches

Memorial Day weekend travel: Gas prices, camping, and beaches

Troy Powers
May 29, 2018

SCHAPER: DeHaan says the price at the pump is about 60 cents a gallon higher than at this time previous year.

Ohio's average gas price according to AAA is $2.91, which is just below the national average at $2.97, but gas in Toledo is higher than most other spots in the state at $2.96.

About 60% of new-car buyers say recent increases in gas prices have had no effect on the type of vehicle they're shopping for, according to Kelley Blue Book.

The bad news? At a national average of $2.96 a gallon as of Thursday.

The almost 37 million Americans expected to travel over the Memorial Day weekend will pay the highest gas prices since 2014, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Stephanie Milani.

Based upon what happened in 2014, travelers will absorb the additional cost and keep on coming, Aliski said.

JENNINGS: We attribute this growth to the accessibility and the affordability of air travel today as airfares continue to decline for the third consecutive year.

Monroe City Council member Kellie Vining told CNNMoney that she's "heard a lot of complaining" about gas prices - and, for some, it's putting a damper on the holiday weekend.

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If you're traveling this Memorial Day weekend, there are some things you can do to essentially get the most from your gas tank. 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.

On Friday afternoon, a the GasBuddy mobile application reported prices for 23 gas stations in Morganton and Valdese that had an average price of $2.72.

And as soon as the forecast looked good for Friday, some decided to make it an extra long weekend. "So if you choose to ignore Florida's seat belt law, you can expect to receive a ticket as a costly reminder if you are stopped by an officer", Chenault said.

Gas prices are going up, up, up, with the extended Memorial Day weekend already on the clock.

That's because, AAA says crude oil costs more than a year ago, raising the cost of producing gasoline.

"It's been raining and cold all winter, so this is great, we're taking advantage of the day", says Randy Quinn.

Friday from 3 5 p.m. AAA Travel is predicting that this year's Memorial Day will be the busiest since 2005.