AAA: More Than 1.3 Million Ohioans To Travel Over Memorial Day Weekend
Auto Club AAA predicts more than 1.3 million Ohioans will travel over 50 miles during the Memorial Day weekend. That figure is up 0.6 percent from a year ago and is the highest travel volume for the Memorial Day holiday in Ohio since 2008.
AAA also projects some 73,000 people will take to the skies this weekend, up 3.6 percent from a year ago.
Nationally, the agency forecasts 36.1 million Americans will travel this weekend, up from 35.1 million in 2013.
Central Ohio drivers could see a small uptick from current gas prices Memorial Day weekend, with estimates hovering between $3.75 and $3.79 a gallon.
Jack Hoagland flew into Columbus and just gassed up for a holiday weekend trip to the Indy 500.
"I think I just paid $3.87 I think, which seems a little high to me but it's like everything else I guess. You know over time It's not going to get any cheaper,” said Hoagland.
Gas prices shot up about 40 cents this Spring. That’s similar to what happened last year before the busy driving season.
Prices usually increase in the Spring because oil refineries partially shut down for maintenance which creates lower gas supplies. Refineries start ramping up production this time of year.
“Right now, we're in kind of a limbo. Prices nationally may actually inch up for the next week or two, then by the beginning of June perhaps into mid-June, we should more relief arriving,” said Patrick DeHaan of Gasbuddy.com.
Dehaan predicts national prices could drop 20 cents a gallon by July.
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