Gas Prices Expected to Rise Further

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Just before Memorial Day and the summer travel season, gas prices are rising across the country.

According to AAA-The Auto Club Group, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, almost 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years (2005).

More than 41.5 million Americans - including more than 1.2 million Georgians - are expected to hit the roads, rails, seas and skies during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, according to figures released by AAA on Monday. California gas prices are almost 70 cents higher compared to previous year, due to expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply.

Experts say prices at the pump are still well below the all time high of $4.11 a gallon, in 2008.

According to AAA, 1.9 million New England residents are expected to travel, 1.7 million by auto.

INIRIX and AAA also say the 88 percent of travelers choosing to drive will pay the most expensive Memorial Day gas prices since 2014.

In nine states, the average price is $3 or more and a few more states are likely to join that list, she said.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration last week just before the Trump Administration announced the decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran, predicted that nationally gasoline would average about $2.90 a gallon this summer - up from $2.41 a gallon last summer.

From $4.23 a gallon, the regular gas price went up to $4.43 a gallon; supreme is up from $4.60 a gallon to $4.80 a gallon; and diesel, which cost $4.61, is now $4.81 a gallon.

Flint is up 11 cents per gallon at $2.89/gallon.

On Monday, drivers in Naples were paying an average of $2.81 per gallon, up from $2.74 a week ago but peaked at $2.82 over the weekend.

Meanwhile, about 100,000 Georgians are expected to be among the project 3.1 million Americans who take a flight to their Memorial Day weekend destination.

The highest gasoline prices since 2014 won't stop 37 million Americans from clogging up the nation's motorways next week as summer kicks off with Memorial Day weekend. "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.

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