Gas Prices Affecting Drivers' Holiday Plans

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

Memorial Day means a long weekend, and possibly a trip out of town for a lot of people.

"We reside down by Galveston and my parents live up here a little past College Station. We came to meet them for lunch and spend the day together," said Marcy Kiger.

"We plan on going to Houston," said Chris Miller.

"We live in College Station now, but we were going back to Galveston County which is where we did live," said Tracy Rodriguez.

The Valero gas station on Harvey Rd. in College Station was a popular spot for people planning to hit the road for the holiday, because it offered cheaper prices than some of the other gas stations in the area.

"That's why I stopped here," said Ryan Rodriguez.

However, the better deal wasn't enough to make traveling an option for everyone.

"There's not really much I can do because I'm like flat broke and the gas prices will not stop raising," said James Vavra.

And Vavra isn't alone. AAA expects the number of people travelling this weekend to be down from last year, because of the uncertain economy.

Prices have gone up in the past couple weeks, but AAA reports that gas is actually eight cents cheaper than it was at this time last year. The average price at the pump in Texas is lower than the nation average.

Experts say gas prices usually rise in the spring, stay fairly high in the summer, then start going down in October.

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