AAA: 42 million Americans to travel this Memorial Day weekend

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"For the first time in years, the annual GasBuddy Summer Travel Survey revealed that higher prices are hurting the tradition of the summer road trip as we near a national average of $3 per gallon".

Ohio's average gas price according to AAA is $2.91, which is just below the national average at $2.97, but gas in Toledo is higher than most other spots in the state at $2.96.

The price for Brent crude oil, the global benchmark for the price of oil and the index most closely related to US consumer gasoline prices, was down more than 2 percent in early Friday trading.

Despite all these potential problems, hassles and headaches, none of it is keeping the majority of holiday travelers at home. Brent crude, the global benchmark that tends to influence USA gas prices, recently topped $80 a barrel.

If you're planning to hit the road this holiday weekend you are not alone.

After a long, and at times seemingly endless winter, western Pennsylvanians are ready to travel for Memorial Day.

Despite the increased prices, Wright said, "It's not going to stop people from hopping in their cars".

It is the ideal time for tips to take the sting out of gas prices, says Robert Sinclair of AAA. "This summer is poised to be the priciest at the pumps since 2014, when prices were in the upper $3 per gallon range".

The average price for unleaded gas in Bay County is $2.89.

Of Californians on the move over the Memorial Day travel holiday - which is considered Thursday through Monday - more than 4.3 million or 88 percent will be road tripping.

Automobiles: The vast majority of travelers - 36.6 million - will hit the road this Memorial Day, 4.7 percent more than previous year. And DeHaan said USA oil inventories are about 17 percent lower than previous year.

That means gassing up before leaving town, packing water and snacks and making sure you have what you need to be comfortable in case of delays of up to a couple of hours, she said.

"Tow to Go" will be offered starting Friday, May 25, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.

AAA New Mexico is predicting 3.3 million mountain region residents - New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming - will be on the move, the most since 2005.

Traffic on the roads will be more spread out over the rest of the long weekend.

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