Gas problems persist as Memorial Day weekend approaches
(WKOW / CNN) – As millions of travelers prepare to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, they are at risk of sticker shock at the pump.
On Wednesday, GasBuddy reported that the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is around $ 3.04.
“This is the first three-day Memorial Day weekend since 2014,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “But keeping in mind, that’s only about six hundred more than just three years ago.”
Massive demand is driving the increase, but there are also supply chain issues that persist after the Colonial pipeline crashed a few weeks ago. It also leads to persistent shortages in the southeastern states.
“Georgia, North and South Carolina, even Tennessee and Virginia are still experiencing blackouts, over 10%,” De Haan said. “In fact, the Carolinas and Georgia still see more than 20 percent of stations without fuel.”
AAA says that despite higher prices, crowded roads and shortages, people are sticking to their routes.
“People are still going to travel, they will find just another way to try and save money,” AAA spokesman Andrew Gross said. “Maybe they’ll eat out as often or look for more free activities while on vacation.”
27 News verified, and gasoline prices in Madison continue to stay below the national average. As of Thursday, they cost an average of $ 2.77 a gallon. In Milwaukee, you can expect to pay around $ 2.87. In Chicago, GasBuddy reports that a gallon of gasoline exceeds nearly $ 3.40, well above the national average.
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