Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Travel Won't Be Hampered By Inflating Gas Prices

rising gas pricesIt is springtime and Easter is fast approaching, so you know that there are going to be a lot of travelers hitting the roads this weekend and traveling all over the country to see friends and family. However, there is one thing that you would think would dampen Easter travels and that is the continuously rising gas prices.

Crude oil's cost is at its highest since about two and a half years ago, with prices in some locations reaching as high as $4 a gallon. However, AAA Michigan spokeswoman Nancy Cain says that increasing gas prices will not likely hamper spring vacation or Easter.

According to Cain, "It's an unfortunate set of circumstances for motorists. We're paying almost $1 more per gallon than this time last year."

The average gas price per gallon for unleaded in Michigan on April 19th was $3.954 per gallon which was above the national average price of $3.835 for that day.However, Michigan wasn't the only state higher than the national average on Tuesday. States like Alaska, California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois and New York topped $4 per gallon, according to the AAA website database.

Cain stated that AAA Michigan conducts surveys multiple times each year in order to gauge holiday travel. They monitor holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the time span from Christmas to New Year's. However, AAA does not typically do Easter or Spring Break travel but, according to Cain, it is evident that travel has increased from last year.

Easter is not typically a holiday when people travel too far. A lot of people stay home or visit family members that live close by. However, even traveling to see close family members or friends will cost you a little more than you are used to.

Gas prices where I live, around Cincinnati, Ohio, have reached as high as $3.99 a gallon in some places. President Obama has already spoken on the high gas prices, let us just hope that he actually does something about it.

Source: - Travel, gas prices on the rise since last spring, AAA says

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