US Memorial Day travel to rise for 4th straight year: AAA


AAA's survey found a 40-cent range in Rhode Island gas prices, from a low of $2.699 to a high of $3.099.

Prices in Vermont have gone up 4.6 cents per gallon to an average of $2.85.

Knoxville- $2.63, up 9.9 cents per gallon from last week's $2.53.

In Virginia, most regional prices are about 50 cents higher than they were at this time a year ago.

Within the past few weeks, gas prices have been increasingly high due to President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the nuclear deal with Iran and oil supplies that have continually dropped as USA exports rise past Venezuela, a country that has the largest amount of oil reserves in the world, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. The company lists the worst day to travel as March 24 and the worst times at 3:30-5:30 p.m. AAA advises motorists to drive during the late morning, early afternoon or take a different route if possible.

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Folks are going to be spending more on gasoline in the weeks ahead as Iran sanctions and summer blends are pushing prices higher. AAA does not expect the holiday price to "come anywhere near 2014 levels".

AAA says gasoline inventories in the Great Lakes and other parts of the central USA have declined steadily for eight weeks. Gas prices nationwide are up a nickel in just the last week. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 117 years ago. On Monday, it was up to $3.04.

According to AAA, 1.9 million New England residents are expected to travel, 1.7 million by vehicle. That's 16 cents higher than one month ago and 53 cents higher than one year ago, according to AAA analysts.

The travel services firm, which tracks holiday travel throughout the year, said in a news release a total of 41.5 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend this year, the most in more than 12 years.

Alaska- $3.32/g, up 7.8 cents per gallon from last week's $3.24/g.