Despite rising gas prices, Americans planning to hit the road this summer [The Topeka Capital-Journal, Kan.]
With gas prices last last week sitting at a national average of $2.67 a gallon, up about 50 cents from where they were a couple of months ago, 1 in 3 Americans are still planning to take vacations by car, van or motor home this summer, says
According to GasBuddy.com,
Cheaper crude oil prices have helped to keep pump prices lower this winter, said
Most areas of the country aren’t expected to see prices in the $3-per-gallon range as they did in
While the first few months of this year ushered in national gas price averages that were at times as much as 35-cents cheaper than a year ago, pump price since the middle of March have been mostly similar to prices at this time a year ago. The national gas price average late last week was four-cents more expensive than a year ago, according to
“Historically, early spring triggers an increase in pump prices due to an increase in demand as Americans put the winter blues behind them and drive more,” Casselano said. “Another factor pumping up the price is the switch-over to summer-blend gasoline, which is more expensive for refiners to produce,”
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