Cobb gas prices surge as summer begins

Cobb gas prices surge as summer begins

"As we get closer to Memorial Day, is when stations will increase their prices because they know so many people will be getting out these next couple days, so certainly if you haven't filled up already, we recommend that you try to fill up now" said Michael Blasky. Current prices are also far below record highs.

Despite the increases, officials with AAA-The Auto Club Group estimates that 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, which would be almost 5 percent more than past year and the most since 2005.

Almost 42 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend despite higher gas prices. The consistent spike in fuel prices, likely to peak in July, analysts say, does not appear to be deterring motorists from braving bumper-to-bumper madness.

ATRI's list of the country's top bottlenecks, ranking Atlanta's "Spaghetti Junction" interchange where Interstate 285 and I-85 North intersect as the most congested, includes trip planning guidance.

Armbruster, with AAA, said higher gas prices seemingly will not keep Texans housebound.

Nationally, the website reports an average price of about $3 a gallon, which was also about a 60 cent jump over the past year.

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"I bought a vehicle that got worse gas mileage so I got lulled into the sense of thinking gas prices would be low forever", said Jeff Worley, who is driving from Raleigh to New Bern.

Drive the speed limit. "I'm just staying around here", said Mitchell. "And I really don't care which state I'm in - I still have to buy gas, and the gas companies are going to raise the prices".

Travelers hitting the highways Friday should have favorable weather, with forecasters expecting clear skies and highs in the mid- to upper 80s.

"Besides the pull of demand on prices in the summer, refiners have to replace cheaper blending components with more expensive ones in order to meet environmental regulations", Judith Dwarkin, chief economist at RS Energy Group, said in an email. Saturday will be in the high 80s with a chance of thunderstorms. Idling an engine can use more gas than restarting it. That's about 2 million more than a year ago. 269 interchange, while in downtown Port Clinton the Portage River drawbridge on State Rt.

In Toledo, I-75 reconstruction between I-475 and Lagrange Street is in its final season, but two lanes will be open in both directions throughout the holiday weekend.

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