Gas Prices Continue to Rise as Memorial Day Weekend Approaches

Pittsburgh gas prices unchanged; could hit $3 per gallon nationally

Motorists will experience the most expensive Memorial Day gas prices since 2014.

Knoxville- $2.63, up 9.9 cents per gallon from last week's $2.53.

Rhode Island gas prices continue to rise as Memorial Day approaches and a near-record number of Americans plan to travel, according to AAA Northeast. The company lists the worst day to travel as March 24 and the worst times at 3:30-5:30 p.m. AAA advises motorists to drive during the late morning, early afternoon or take a different route if possible.

The rally was sparked by an announcement made last week by the White House that President Donald Trump planned to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal and would re-impose economic sanctions on the country. California and Hawaii continue to lead the pack with highest prices at $3.69 and $3.67, respectively.

Looking state-by-state, the largest weekly changes in average gas prices were seen in: OH (+15c), Nevada (+12c), DE (+11c), MI (+10c), Florida (+10c), Wyoming (+10c), Minnesota (+9c), Kentucky (+9c), Missouri (+9c) and West Virginia (+9c).

Sunday's national gas price average is $2.87, which is up six cents in the last week, up 17 cents in the last month and 53 cents higher than this time previous year. Travel by bus, rails and water is expected to increase by almost 2.5 percent to more than 53,000 passengers.

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According to the American Automobile Association, 19 percent of gas stations nationwide are already selling regular gas over the $3 mark.

According to AAA, 1.9 million New England residents are expected to travel, 1.7 million by auto. "Since Memorial Day is now about two weeks away, I think we'll see one more hike back up to $3.09 in another week or week-and-a-half", DeHaan said.

As for gas prices, the auto club said that the 88 percent of Memorial Day travelers who are driving will pay the most for gas in four years.

Jump in gas prices costing average American $450 annually.

At $59, the average daily cost of a vehicle rental this Memorial Day is the lowest rate in the past four years and 11 percent cheaper than last year.

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