Record gas prices will do little to deter commuters on this Memorial Day holiday. According to the AAA, the national average is নিয়মিত 4,596 per gallon of regular tears – an increase of 51% over the average of $ 3,039 a year ago. Yet a survey found that 82 percent of those traveling on this upcoming long weekend plan to do so by car.
To be fair, the Cars.com survey found that car travel decreased by 7% compared to 2021, although overall travel through all modes increased by 8%. Those who do not drive say gas prices, inflation and COVID-19 concerns all played a factor.
Furthermore, studies have shown that 11% of road trippers will do so in electric vehicles this year. Based on their calculations between 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2022 Volkswagen ID.4, EV drivers will save about 25% per mile. It’s not as much savings as you might think, but it’s still significant. Obviously, your mileage will vary depending on how much gas you consume in your area and how efficient your car is.
Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine is expected to push up fuel prices. Although Russian oil contributes less than 2% to U.S. supplies, many countries have cut off Russian oil, according to an NBC News report, which previously accounted for 10% of world supplies. This puts a demand on other sources and when demand increases, so does the price.
According to the AAA, the current highest U.S. average by state can be found in California, where the average regular price per gallon is $ 6,069. The cheapest is available in Oklahoma, averaging $ 4,037 per gallon. Neighboring states follow suit. So, good luck if your travel plan takes you to the west coast, and congratulations if you are traveling with the Great Plain.