Rising Gas Prices Not Stopping Memorial Day Travellers

Posted at 3:10 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 15:10:32-04

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) More than 40 million people will be traveling for Memorial Day weekend and AAA believes that 90% of them will be driving. 

Despite rising gas prices, more cars are expected to be on the roads this holiday weekend than last year’s Memorial Day weekend. 

"Anyone who is planning to hit the road for the holiday weekend should pack their patience. They will have a lot of company on the highway this year," said AAA spokesperson Cheryl Parker. 

One person traveling from South Carolina stopped in London to get gas before getting back on I-75. In London, gas is about 20 cents cheaper than it is at most pumps in Lexington.

"But whatever the price is now, we anticipate the prices continuing to rise as the summer travel season progresses," said Parker. 

Parker said that a number of factors are to blame for rising gas prices, some being crude oil, demand, and geopolitics. 

AAA recommends that you leave for your holiday destination sometime after morning rush hour so you can avoid as many cars as possible on the road.