Prior to the announcement of the USA withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal, gas prices were expected to continue to rise ahead of Memorial Day, but reinstated sanctions on Iran could mean gas prices will continue climbing deep into the summer driving season.
In Nebraska, 14 communities have average gas prices of $3 or more.
Despite higher gas prices this Memorial Day, vacationers are expected to hit the road and fly the skies in near - record numbers, reports AAA Northeast.
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Analysts say prices are rocketing higher throughout the USA because of reductions in domestic supply and the oil market's response to President Trump's decision to leave the Iran Nuclear Deal. That would be the most travelers since 2005 for the holiday period that this year runs from May 24 through May 28, according to AAA.
DeHaan said the recent withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal could play a role, too.
Higher gasoline prices also contribute to inflationary pressures, making it more likely that the Federal Reserve Board will boost interest rates.
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"Ranked the most congested country in world, USA drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic", INRIX Chief Economist and Head of Research Graham Cookson said in a statement. Summer of 2008 in Arizona, regular unleaded averaged out at $4.09 a gallon.
Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.52 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 170 gas outlets in Chattanooga. A month ago it was $2.33 and one year ago it was $2.29. AAA says American's haven't seen prices this high since November 2014. "Although gas prices are on the rise, a strong economy will keep demand high for the holiday weekend", said Jim Lehman, President of AAA East Central.
On the low end, gas was selling Monday for $2.54 a gallon at one Omaha location.
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As drivers brace for a more expensive Memorial Day road trip and summer driving season, AAA offers tips to save on gas. According to AAA's Leisure Travel Index, the average daily cost of a auto rental this Memorial Day is the lowest rate in the past four years and 11 percent cheaper than last year at an average at $59. California gas prices are almost 70 cents higher compared to past year, due to expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply.