How to Save Money on Gas as Fuel Prices Surge

28 May, 2018, 23:47 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Gas prices spike before travel-heavy Memorial Day weekend, but travelers so far are undeterred

According to AAA, gas prices are up about 60 cents from this time past year.

Saturday through Monday from 12 p.m.to 2 p.m. Only 58 percent of respondents said they would plan summer travel if gas prices are high, which is a 24 percent decrease from the 2017 survey. "Compared to a year ago it was $2.37 per gallon", said Donna Ottinger with AAA.

While almost half of the 4.3 million overnight visitors to Central Oregon come by vehicle, mostly from other parts in the state, California and Washington, it isn't likely that the rising gas prices will affect tourism here. Hawaii and Califonia are especially feeling the brunt, with the gas prices soaring to over $3.70 per gallon.

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.

"Most analysts say that around here, we could be looking at $3.30, $3.40 before summer is done", Brandus says.

Gas prices have been inching closer and closer to $3 through the month of may, with this weekend being memorial day weekend, it may slow down peoples' travel plans.

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

KUSI's Ed Lenderman was live at San Diego International Airport where thousands are expected to pass through for Memorial Day Weekend.

"The way the prices are going up, you look for the bargain any chance you get", Walton County resident John Wells said. If the price bounces higher within a few days, the impact on pump prices never makes it to consumers.

But officials say Memorial Day isn't the only reason for the hike in prices.

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

The West Coast typically has the most expensive gas. Gas prices are rising, but not enough to keep New Mexicans from hitting the road this holiday weekend.

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