The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was nearly $2.68 Wednesday, up 6 cents over the past month and 57 cents more than one year ago, according to AAA.
"These prices have had an impact with consumers", said Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.
"The difference in a tank of gas for me is like 5 or 6 bucks so it's not really a deal breaker for me at the moment", said Keeden Hopkins, a Greenville resident. Things like the economic sanctions on Iran, higher crude oil prices and higher demand are all fueling the higher prices at the pump.
That's a five-percent increase from last year and the highest number of travelers in more than a dozen years.
He said OPEC leaders are meeting next month and could possibly decide to increase production, which could help keep prices under the $3 mark for the summer.
Today and Friday are expected to be the busiest days for travel. That's about an increase of a penny since last week, but still well below the record price of $4.70 set in October 2012.
The bad news? At a national average of $2.95 per gallon as of Wednesday.
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Travelers across the USA will be on the roads, riding the rails and in the air this Memorial Day Weekend, the largest number in more than a decade.
Buskohl said it's a waiting game right now.
Quick acceleration, braking and speeding can cut gas mileage by 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic, according to FuelEconomy.gov.
Thirty-six million travelers are expected to be on the road.
High temperatures locally will hit the mid-80s Friday through Monday, with a chance of thunderstorms Friday through Sunday morning, the National Weather Service reports.
The combination of clear skies, very warm air, and light winds prompted authorities to declare an air quality alert Friday for southeast MI. The Ozone Action alert urges people to minimize driving, delay refueling vehicles until evening, and avoid use of equipment with small gasoline engines during the day. About 88 percent of those travelers are likely to drive.
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