Milwaukee area gas prices surging ahead of holiday weekend

Posted at 6:13 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 22:10:30-04

Gas prices are the highest they've been since 2014, national average $2.92 says AAA.

But that doesn't mean nearly 42 million Americans won't still be heading out for Memorial Day Weekend, says AAA's Director of Public Affairs Nick Jarmusz. 

"Despite those higher gas prices we still anticipate this is going to be a huge travel weekend and a big summer for travel," said Jarmusz. 

Holiday drivers will travel at least 50 miles from home. Drivers in the Greater Milwaukee Area are paying more to fill up: $0.08 more than last week, $0.30 more than last month, and nearly $0.70 more than last year.  

Jarmusz says the costs most likely won't deter families from their holiday road trip if they have a financial plan. By using an online trip calculator, drivers can learn how much they could spend on gas on their trip.

Also, using phone apps to find cheap gas, inexpensive hotels and restaurants can take the pressure off your wallet.  

AAA also says taking your car to a mechanic to make sure everything is in working order before the trip, will save your family time and money.