Traveling for Memorial Day weekend? Here’s how much gas costs and when to fill up


It’s a Memorial Day weekend like no other, as holiday travel will be bumped up against gas prices that continue to set records.

Gasoline prices have been rising for nearly two weeks, with the national average at $4.60 per gallon, according to AAAa jump of 43 cents from when the national record was originally broken in March.

Still, despite the pain at the pump felt nationwide, the holiday weekend is expected to bring more travel across the country compared to last year.

Across all modes of transport, there is an 8% increase in travel this weekend compared to 2021, according to Cars.com. Of these trips, 82% will be made by car, but the majority will be carpooled to save money. Location data company Arrivalist said in a press release that he estimates that 37.9 million Americans will travel by road during this period.

“Record gas prices aren’t scaring off road trip enthusiasts as much this Memorial Day as you might think,” Cars.com editor Jenni Newman said in a statement. “It seems many Americans are willing to pay extra to take time out and celebrate the holidays. But the nature of car travel is changing: carpooling is no longer just for work and school trips.”

Here’s what you need to know about being on the road this Memorial Day weekend:

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Why are gas prices so high?

Several factors are contributing to rising gas prices, one of the main ones being the Russian oil embargo due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The cost of oil worldwide continues to be above $100 due to the embargo. U.S. crude is $112.88 a barrel, while Brent crude, the international standard, is $116.41 on Thursday, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Gas prices began to stabilize this week, but Patrick De Haan, head of oil analysis at GasBuddy, told USA TODAY things could change at the pump. Prices typically go up in the summer, and Memorial Day is the “unofficial kickoff of the summer driving season,” De Haan said.

Gas demand and hurricane season, which begins June 1 and is expected to bring several storms this yearmay result in higher prices.

“We are probably preparing for a bumpy and expensive race at the pumps in the summer. In my mind, barring a recession, it will undoubtedly be the most expensive summer we have ever seen,” De Haan said. .

When should I refuel?

“As soon as possible,” De Haan said.

He added that the reason for this is that even if the increases are slowing, they could increase towards the end of the week and when people start to hit the road. But prices can drop in some cities and counties, so it’s best to watch for daily changes.

De Haan said gas stations will also be busier heading into the weekend, so not only could you pay more for gas, but you could spend more time waiting to do so.

Those traveling across states should also see if there are price differences between states. For example, the average price in Nevada is $5.24, but go east to Utah and it’s $4.59.

Another tip from De Haan to save money? Slow down to around 5-10 mph on the highway.

“You can typically increase your fuel efficiency by 5% to 10% or more, and with a national average of $4.50, even a 10% savings equals nearly 50 cents a gallon,” he said. declared.

Where is the most expensive gas?

The West Coast is where you’ll find the most expensive gas in the United States, as all states bordering the Pacific Ocean average over $6. California has the most expensive gas at $6.06.

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Where is gas the cheapest?

Gas prices are over $4 in every state, but the cheapest gas is found in the Midwest, with Oklahoma having the lowest cost at $4.09.

Average Gas Price by State

Wondering how much gasoline costs on average in your state? Here’s how much it costs across the country by fuel type as of Wednesday, according to AAA:

Gas prices in Alabama

Regular: $4.30

Intermediate level: $4.63

Premium: $4.98

Diesel: $5.36

Gas prices in Alaska

Regular: $5.20

Intermediate level: $5.39

Premium: $5.58

Diesel: $5.30

Gasoline prices in Arizona

Regular: $4.92

Intermediate level: $5.22

Premium: $5.47

Diesel: $5.49

Gasoline prices in Arkansas

Regular: $4.12

Intermediate level: $4.42

Premium: $4.72

Diesel: $5.21

Gasoline prices in California

Regular: $6.07

Intermediate level: $6.26

Premium: $6.40

Diesel: $6.58

Gasoline prices in Colorado

Regular: $4.20

Intermediate level: $4.53

Premium: $4.82

Diesel: $5.33

Connecticut Gasoline Prices

Regular: $4.68

Intermediate level: $5.02

Premium: $5.31

Diesel: $6.31

DC Gas Prices

Regular: $4.85

Intermediate level: $5.35

Premium: $5.53

Diesel: $5.82

Gasoline prices in Delaware

Regular: $4.60

Intermediate level: $4.95

Premium: $5.19

Diesel: $5.96

Gasoline prices in Florida

Regular: $4.57

Intermediate level: $4.92

Premium: $5.23

Diesel: $5.56

Gas prices in Georgia

Regular: $4.14

Intermediate level: $4.50

Premium: $4.85

Diesel: $5.27

Gasoline prices in Hawaii

Regular: $5.42

Intermediate level: $5.60

Premium: $5.85

Diesel: $5.89

Gas Prices in Idaho

Regular: $4.67

Intermediate level: $4.85

Premium: $5.07

Diesel: $5.53

Gasoline prices in Illinois

Regular: $4.97

Intermediate level: $5.38

Premium: $5.75

Diesel: $5.29

Gasoline prices in Indiana

Regular: $4.58

Intermediate level: $4.92

Premium: $5.26

Diesel: $5.38

Iowa Gas Prices

Regular: $4.23

Intermediate level: $4.35

Premium: $4.80

Diesel: $5.20

Gasoline prices in Kansas

Regular: $4.09

Intermediate level: $4.35

Premium: $4.62

Diesel: $5.15

Gasoline prices in Kentucky

Regular: $4.30

Intermediate level: $4.64

Bonus: $4.95

Diesel: $5.25

Gasoline prices in Louisiana

Regular: $4.23

Intermediate level: $4.55

Bonus: $4.87

Diesel: $5.16

Gas prices in Maine

Regular: $4.74

Intermediate level: $5.06

Premium: $5.36

Diesel: $6.27

Maryland Gasoline Prices

Regular: $4.60

Intermediate level: $5.02

Premium: $5.29

Diesel: $5.92

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts

Regular: $4.74

Intermediate level: $5.06

Premium: $5.31

Diesel: $6.33

Michigan gas prices

Regular: $4.57

Intermediate level: $4.89

Premium: $5.23

Diesel: $5.26

Gasoline prices in Minnesota

Regular: $4.19

Intermediate level: $4.40

Premium: $4.77

Diesel: $5.26

Gasoline prices in Mississippi

Regular: $4.18

Intermediate level: $4.48

Premium: $4.82

Diesel: $5.18

Missouri Gasoline Prices

Regular: $4.17

Intermediate level: $4.46

Premium: $4.74

Diesel: $5.14

Montana gas prices

Regular: $4.38

Intermediate level: $4.65

Premium: $4.92

Diesel: $5.46

Gas prices in Nebraska

Regular: $4.18

Intermediate level: $4.29

Premium: $4.67

Diesel: $5.18

Gasoline prices in Nevada

Regular: $5.24

Intermediate level: $5.47

Premium: $5.67

Diesel: $5.55

Gas Prices in New Hampshire

Regular: $4.68

Intermediate level: $5

Premium: $5.31

Diesel: $6.27

New Jersey Gasoline Prices

Regular: $4.77

Intermediate level: $5.16

Premium: $5.37

Diesel: $6.26

Gasoline prices in New Mexico

Regular: $4.32

Intermediate level: $4.63

Premium: $4.89

Diesel: $5.35

Gasoline prices in New York

Regular: $4.93

Intermediate level: $5.28

Premium: $5.54

Diesel: $6.51

Gasoline prices in North Carolina

Regular: $4.37

Intermediate level: $4.72

Premium: $5.09

Diesel: $5.52

North Dakota Gasoline Prices

Regular: $4.21

Intermediate level: $4.44

Premium: $4.69

Diesel: $5.18

Gasoline prices in Ohio

Regular: $4.45

Intermediate level: $4.78

Premium: $5.12

Diesel: $5.24

Gasoline prices in Oklahoma

Regular: $4.08

Intermediate level: $4.37

Premium: $4.59

Diesel: $5.11

Gas prices in Oregon

Regular: $5.17

Intermediate level: $5.35

Premium: $5.55

Diesel: $5.68

Gasoline prices in Pennsylvania

Regular: $4.77

Intermediate level: $5.12

Premium: $5.43

Diesel: $6.29

Rhode Island Gas Prices

Regular: $4.72

Intermediate level: $5.09

Premium: $5.38

Diesel: $6.40

Gasoline prices in South Carolina

Regular: $4.28

Intermediate level: $4.62

Premium: $4.96

Diesel: $5.45

Gasoline prices in South Dakota

Regular: $4.24

Intermediate level: $4.35

Bonus: $4.71

Diesel: $5.25

Tennessee gas prices

Regular: $4.28

Intermediate level: $4.63

Premium: $4.97

Diesel: $5.35

Gasoline prices in Texas

Regular: $4.27

Intermediate level: $4.61

Premium: $4.91

Diesel: $5.13

Gas prices in Utah

Regular: $4.60

Intermediate level: $4.80

Bonus: $4.99

Diesel: $5.53

Vermont gas prices

Regular: $4.72

Intermediate level: $5.03

Premium: $5.32

Diesel: $6.31

Gasoline prices in Virginia

Regular: $4.46

Intermediate level: $4.87

Premium: $5.20

Diesel: $5.61

Gasoline prices in Washington

Regular: $5.22

Intermediate level: $5.42

Bonus: $5.61

Diesel: $5.77

Gasoline prices in West Virginia

Regular: $4.46

Intermediate level: $4.76

Premium: $5.07

Diesel: $5.62

Gasoline prices in Wisconsin

Regular: $4.34

Intermediate level: $4.69

Premium: $5.09

Diesel: $5.08

Gas prices in Wyoming

Regular: $4.31

Intermediate level: $4.54

Premium: $4.79

Diesel: $5.48

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Memorial Day travel: How much are gas prices? When should I refuel?