This comes as AAA predicts that 3.4 million Texans, and at least 41.5 million Americans, will travel somewhere this holiday weekend - the most travelers on this holiday, they say, in more than a dozen years.
The Louisville area average is at $3 a gallon. That's compare that to the $2.21 Memorial Day price in 2017 - an increase of 4.7 percent.
The record travel estimate comes despite higher gas prices than at this time a year ago.
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Experts say travelers should try to avoid coming back from the holiday after 6 p.m. Monday.
Though gas prices have risen recently, almost nine out of 10 people from the Washington region say they will drive at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day, almost 5 percent more than a year ago.
People are driving more: The United States is consuming more gasoline, thanks to the strong economy and upbeat consumer confidence. The highest recorded average price per gallon in greater Chicago was $4.51 in 2012; the record for Chicago was $4.68 that same year, AAA figures show.
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About 60% of new-car buyers say recent increases in gas prices have had no effect on the type of vehicle they're shopping for, according to Kelley Blue Book. So he said to shop around and look for the best prices, even if it is an extra few miles away.
"What especially rings true is that with such a big jump in prices, motorists are absolutely becoming more price conscious as they make plans this summer, DeHaan said".
"The Federal Trade Commission has found this cycle, though maddening, can actually save people a couple cents a gallon", DeHaan said.
The higher prices are due to OPEC production cuts while there is increased demand for oil. OPEC and Russian Federation are due to meet in Vienna on June 22.
DeHann added that Thursday is typically the most expensive day to fill up at the pump.
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