June 30–VICTORVILLE — Gas prices across the nation during the Independence Day holiday and at year’s midpoint will be the highest in over four years.
Nearly 40 million Americans are expected to hit the road during the summer holiday, with Tuesday being the busiest day, according to the American Automobile Association.
Travelers across the nation will shell out an an average of $2.90 per gallon, with those living in San Bernardino County paying an average of $3.60, The average price of gas nationally in 2014 was nearly $3.66, with county commuters dishing out an average of almost $4.15 as they celebrated the nation’s birthday, according to GasBuddy.com.
On Thursday, the average price of gasoline in California was $3.65, about a nickel higher than the county. Locally, Main Street Gas & Mart in Hesperia was selling gas at the bargain basement price of $3.33 per gallon, the lowest in the High Desert, according to GasBuddy.
Making the holiday festivities a bit sour this year is the news that gas prices may spike soon after five straight weeks of drops. The impending rise is expected mainly from a recent surge of oil to $73 per barrel and the State Department ordering buyers to curb their oil purchases from Iran by November, experts said.
Additionally, OPEC’s smaller than expected oil production increase last week fueled speculation that global inventories will continue to drop, and a government report showed U.S. oil inventories dropped three times as much as expected as total petroleum exports from the U.S. hit a new record high, GasBuddy reported.
The top fear of travelers is overpaying for gasoline, according to GasBuddy’s 2018 Summer Travel Survey. For motorists traveling out of state, motorists are urged to check prices before crossing a state line.
“Crossing a line can be exciting and fun during summer road trips, until drivers realize that they left cheaper gas prices in the dust. Instead, motorists should mind the state line and find the best side to fill up on,” says Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “In some extreme cases, we’ve seen consumers spend an extra $25 on a single tank when refueling on the wrong side of the line.”
By the Numbers: 2018 Independence Day Holiday Travel Forecast by AAA
* Automobiles: The vast majority of travelers — 39.7 million — will hit the road this Independence Day, 5.1 percent more than last year.
* Planes: A record-breaking 3.8 million people will travel by air, a 7.9 percent increase and the ninth year of consecutive air travel volume increases.
* Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 5.8 percent to a total of 3.5 million passengers.
For more information on gas prices, visit www.gasbuddy.com.
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