Saving at the pump during your Memorial Day travels

Western Pennsylvanians paid more for gas this weekend than they have for the last four years

As of Friday morning, the national average price for a gallon of gas is $2.97 - a 60 cent leap from the cost previous year, according to AAA statistics.

As average gas prices nationally edged toward $3 a gallon on Friday, there was some mitigating news.

The price for Brent crude oil, the global benchmark for the price of oil and the index most closely related to USA consumer gasoline prices, was down more than 2 percent in early Friday trading.

Drivers in Ventura County are spending about $3.74 a gallon for gas, up two cents since last week.

The average nightly price of a hotel has also dropped, with the cost of mid-level locations falling 14% from a year earlier, to an average of $186.

According to CNN Money average gas prices have jumped by 31 percent over the past year in the U.S. The average for this weekend, where 41.5 million Americans are reportedly hitting the road for a vacation, will be at $2.97 per gallon.

That's not keeping travelers from wanting to hit the road anyway. "I don't know what we'll do when prices go up".


In a separate interview Thursday, she said that number reflects more holiday road travelers than a year ago. Geography, high demand and clean air regulations contribute to the price per gallon.

"The Saudis are quite enjoying $80 prices", said Michael Tran, global energy strategist at RBC Capital Markets, to CNN. The days of the $2 per gallon prices seem to be long gone in the near future. And it's up 50 percent from previous year, at around $80 a barrel.

To keep from driving around looking for a good deal, Sinclair recommends using the AAA smartphone app, which will direct you to a nearby gas station with the lowest prices. If they're under-inflated, it creates more friction between the rubber and the road, so it puts more drag on your auto and you're losing those miles per gallon.

Folks who intend to travel or participate in outdoor activities this Memorial Day may be met with a couple stumbling blocks.

Many commuters will feel the pain at the pump, as gas will cost them an additional $10 a week, said Damon Runberg, state of Oregon Employment Department regional economist.

Automobiles: The vast majority of travelers - 36.6 million - will hit the road this Memorial Day, 4.7 percent more than past year.

More Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend than any other in the past 12 years.

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