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Summer vacations put on hold due to heightening gas prices

Mackenzie Moore • Updated May 21, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Gas prices continue to rise, and as a result, summer travel declines.

In Tennessee, gas prices increased by 4.6 cents from last week and 57 cents from the same time last year, AAA said in a news release Monday.

According to GasBuddy’s 2018 Summer Travel Survey, 58 percent of respondents said they will take a road trip this summer. This a 24 percent decrease from last year.

Rising gas prices also were cited by 39 percent of respondents as their reason to avoid summer travel on the road.

The national average price for gas stood at $2.92, which was the highest gas prices have been since 2014.

AAA Tennessee Public Affairs Director Stephanie Milani foresees the prices plateauing toward the end of the month.

“A few weeks ago, we predicted the peak to be right around the corner,” Milani said. “In the past, we’ve seen prices level in the spring, but there is no guarantee for that this year.”

Milani blamed the increase in gas prices on a switch of seasonal gasoline blends and a high demand for gas due to summer vacationing.

“Once we get into the summer driving season — June through July — there is an increase in the demand,” said Milani.

Compared to many states, Tennessee’s gas prices remain below $3.

Gas station signs in California and Washington display prices as high as $4.45, which is almost $2 more compared to gas prices here in Washington County.

According to AAA news release, the most recent study found that gas prices in Tennessee were most expensive in Jackson and Nashville, with prices above $2.70 per gallon.

The least-expensive gas prices were in Knoxville and Chattanooga with prices falling below $2.60 per gallon.

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