Gas prices rise ahead of the high traveled Memorial Day weekend


If you’re planning on hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend, prepare to pay more at the pump.

According to AAA, gas prices are the highest they’ve been on Memorial Day weekend in four years. On Wednesday, the national average was $2.94. Louisiana fell well below that with an average of $2.65. Those numbers are according to AAA.

Even though Louisiana falls below the national average, Baton Rouge drivers said they’re seeing the difference.

“This is really high. I was just discussing that with a family member how the prices are going up and it’s not cool,” Dee Watkins said.

Some businesses are also seeing the impact. Fontana Air owner, Joe Fontana, said he is going to have to raise the price of his services.

“You know, we have to do what we have to do to make a living. The higher the gas prices, of course, the higher everything else gets,” Fontana said.

While many people mentioned the impact this gas rate increase will have on filling up their car, some people mentioned their worries about filling up the boat.

“I do a lot of bass fishing. Filling up a boat and all that stuff, I’m going to have to watch what I do,” gas station customer Willy Wintz said.

Despite the gas rate increase, TripAdvisor said Memorial Day weekend travel is up 6 percent. The survey found nearly a third of all Americans will be traveling this weekend.

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