Gas prices hit holiday travelers

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

Holiday travelers hitting the road for the unofficial start of summer have some budget adjustments to make with gasoline prices at record highs.

But Triple A still expects the roads to be crowded. The auto club estimates more than 31-and-a-half million drivers will take to the highways. That's just slightly lower than last year despite the fact that the price of gasoline is more than 60 cents a gallon higher this year.

The auto club says oceans and beaches seem to be the favorite destination. Analysts predict the average price could rise as high as $3.90 a gallon this Memorial Day weekend and easily blast past $4 in coming weeks.

Some motorists say they are staying closer to home.

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  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    Monster, how do you suggest people get rid of their large SUV's? No one is buying them anymore. People just can't go out and buy another vehicle on top of that because they'd be spending thousands of dollars to save mere hundreds... not financially smart. (Though they shouldn't have bought the behemoth things in the first place). I have 4 kids, how am I supposed to fit my family in a small gas-sipping vehicle? I have to drive my 20 mpg minivan.... (and big behemoth SUV's are becoming very popular in China, where people are only allowed to have 1 kid!)
  • by pd Location: denison on May 23, 2008 at 03:52 PM
    Just stay home(saves gas)and clean up the yard
  • by soccer mom Location: sherman on May 23, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    Monster, not everyone can just go out and buy a smaller car. That would be another car and insurance payment. The best we can do is plan our routes to and from our errands and conserve on trips.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    Holiday Traveler...?????? It's gotten to now instead of buying food and then gas, it's gas then food. Too afraid NOT to fill up because it's rising so fast! Holiday travel is OUT OF THE QUESTION for me, and I don't go to the lake where there are so many drunks. I'll just be staying home :(
  • by monster Location: sherman on May 23, 2008 at 01:36 PM
    All the people who are driving BIG vehicles--get something small for everyday use..the less we use the more they have in surplus--every gallon that is saved is a step closer to lower prices--don't dismiss this. Think about every time your stopped at a light -how many BIG vehicles are around with only one person in it. The soccer moms may need that suv or bigger for the kids equipmant--but you don't take kids & equipment every time u run an errand.
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on May 23, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    I still don't have much pity on the American public on this issue. We made our beds.. now we get to lay in it.. Driving stupidly large vehicles at WAY too high of speeds and demanding the right to do so has just made us beholden to the world oil market and of course unable to do much about it.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2008 at 11:47 AM
    No big deal to me... I have to work anyway. Someone's got to wait on all the vacationers...
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