(MEDIA GENERAL) — Getting ready to hit the road for Memorial Day? Gas may be more expensive than you’d prefer, but experts say the prices for the holiday weekend are expected to be the cheapest in several years.
A recent survey from GasBuddy showed Memorial Day tops the list as the most popular weekend to travel of all three major summer holidays. 150,000 members rated Independence Day next among warm weather travel holidays and Labor Day last.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas — which was $2.74 on Thursday — is near the six-month high. Michigan’s average price for a gallon of gas was $2.74 and rising on Thursday, according to GasBuddy.
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But it’s not all bad news for Memorial Day drivers.
“Even with the current uptick in gas prices, we predict most U.S. travelers will pay the cheapest Memorial Day gas prices since at least 2009,” GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said.
In the last week, Midwestern states saw the biggest rise in prices leading up to the holiday weekend. Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin all saw jumps of close to 10 cents.
The GasBuddy study also showed 40 percent of people will try to spend less than $500 per trip, including food and lodging.
If you’re looking to travel this weekend, you can find out ahead of time how much it will cost you by using GasBuddy’s trip calculator.
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