Gas Prices Expected to Rise for Memorial Day Weekend Travel

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Gas Prices Expected to Rise for Memorial Day Weekend Travel

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.52 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 170 gas outlets in Chattanooga.

Based on advance bookings, AAA said the most popular destinations include Alaska cruises beginning in Seattle and Anchorage and warm-weather spots including Hawaii, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Southern California.

That is up 4.7 percent from last year despite higher gas prices, which are the most expensive we've seen in four years.

AAA expects to rescue more than 340,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day weekend. The current average is $2.94 per gallon, which is up more than 60 cents per gallon from this time past year.

The Transportation Security Administration is bracing for some of the busiest summer travel days ever, with 2.7 million airline passengers projected on the heaviest days.

For the travelers hitting the road, drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on May 24 and May 25, and several major cities in the United States could experience double the travel times.

With Memorial Day, and the unofficial start to summer, just around the corner, many southwest Georgians - like the rest of the nation - are making travel plans.

Still, road travel is projected to rise 4.7% Memorial Day weekend, while air travel will rise 6.8%, AAA says.

The EIA also forecast that summer prices would peak at a national average of $2.97 a gallon in June before falling to an average of $2.86 in September. It is followed by Seattle, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Anchorage, Phoenix, Anaheim, Boston, Denver and NY.

Before hitting the road, motorists can get road-trip ready by having their vehicle battery tested, checking tire condition, and ensuring their auto is up-to-date on routine maintenance.

AAA recommends drivers get their battery tested, check for engine coolant leaks and examine the condition of their tires. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2018 Memorial Day holiday travel forecast is available here.

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