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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Traveling Memorial Day Weekend? Don’t Expect Gas to be Cheap

(Courtesy AAA Tidewater)
(Courtesy AAA Tidewater)

HAMPTON ROADS — The American Automobile Association (AAA) Tidewater is advising motorists that Memorial Day road trips may be more costly than in years past.

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, gas prices are more expensive than they’ve been since 2014, according to a AAA Tidewater press release.

As of May 27, regular gas in Virginia costs an average of $2.935 per gallon. The price is cheaper than the state average in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News Metro Area, at $2.882.

“AAA expects 37 million Americans to travel, mostly by car and plane, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That is a 60% increase over last year’s holiday and a strong indication that summer travel is going to be largely popular,” said Holly Dalby, spokesperson for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “With the increase in travel demand, gas prices are going to be expensive no matter where you fill up, so plan ahead.  The AAA app can help to find the best price.”

The average gas price has dropped slightly since the Colonial Pipeline hack. One month ago, the average gas price in Virginia was $2.704 per gallon, according to AAA. The price of a gallon of gas in Virginia has risen more than $1 since May 2020.

AAA Tidewater said some gas stations in the Southeast may continue to experience supply strain after the Colonial Pipeline hack.


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