Higher gas prices for Memorial Day weekend

Only a few more days to make your Memorial Day weekend plans. And if that involves traveling get ready for some company

If you're hitting the road this holiday weekend, buckle up for the highest gas prices in several years.

Grab your MetroCard, headphones and a good book - gas prices are going up again.

Gas prices have been on the rise lately; the national average for regular gas is $2.93. And those numbers correlate nationally, with 5 percent more people traveling the country this holiday compared to previous year.

The association survey found that drivers in Wichita Falls are paying the least in Texas at $2.65 per gallon, while motorists in Midland are paying the most at $3.06.

Boston is also a top destination for Memorial Day weekend getaways, according to AAA, ranking at number 8 on the top 10 travel spots, so more people than usual could also be traveling into the city. Most of that travel will be road trips, with 2.9 million Texans hitting the highways, which means a lot of congestion this weekend.

With a 4.8 percent increase from 2017, 41.5 million travelers are predicted to take to the roads, skies, rails and water during the holiday period, the most since 2005.

Dan McTeague, a GasBuddy petroleum analyst, said in an interview he was unmoved by AAA's forecast.

"Higher gas prices will not be enough to keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend", said Vicky Evans, assistant vice president of Travel Sales Development for AAA in a news release earlier this month.

Memorial Day weekend is known to be the unofficial start to summer.

"I don't like it, but you do what you've gotta do", he said while waiting for AAA mechanics to service his Dodge Charger Daytona.

Thirty-six million travelers are expected to be on the road.

At $59, the average daily cost of a vehicle rental this Memorial Day Weekend is the lowest rate in the past four years and 11% cheaper than last year. "I used to work in Manhattan and the only way to get to work was through public transportation". Since afternoon work commuters would be mixing on the roadways with those holiday travelers, leaving at this time means your trip could take almost double (1.8 times) as long as usual due to traffic delays.

In Toledo, I-75 reconstruction between I-475 and Lagrange Street is in its final season, but two lanes will be open in both directions throughout the holiday weekend.

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