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Tuesday 27 September 2016
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AAA: Higher Gas Prices, Crowded Roads This Memorial Day

AAA: Higher Gas Prices, Crowded Roads This Memorial Day

If you’ve gotten gas in the past week you’ve seen the numbers steadily increasing at the pump.

Gas prices are predictably on their way up just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend. They will hit their highest prices so far this year. The good news is they are still the lowest since 2005.

AAA reports the national average is up for 12 days in a row as of May 23. And for the first time since August 2015, drivers in every state and Washington, D.C. are paying averages above $2 per gallon.

However, those numbers won’t apparently dissuade drivers from taking road trips. They are expected to head out on the roads in higher numbers this Memorial Day over last year, so expect a lot of company on the road if you’re one of them.

AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, up 700,000 compared to a year ago. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. Nearly 34 million, or 89 percent, of holiday travelers will drive to their Memorial Day destinations, an increase of 2.1 percent over last year.

AAA estimates Americans have saved more than $15 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015, and prices are at the lowest levels in 11 years. Researchers say more people are also hitting the road due to a better economy.

Check out where many Americans will be headed below.

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