Gas prices, traffic expected to rise this holiday weekend

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - If you're traveling this holiday weekend, you going to spend a little more on gasoline. Gas prices are once again on the rise, but that's not the only thing that might test your patience during that drive out of town.

AAA reports more than 34-million Americans will celebrate the holiday weekend at least 50 miles out of town.

Gas prices fell before both the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holiday weekends, but not this time. Prices are expected to rise around a nickel by Friday.

Rich Stacey found out the news today the hard way.

"I was kind of surprised when I pulled in here," said Stacey. "Because it was like $2.49 or something the other day. $2.59 over in Erlanger, and now it's $2.79. So I wasn't very happy pulling in here!"

And he's not alone.

"I've been driving less lately," said Samantha Roberts. "Because gas prices and because I don't have money right now."

Still, that doesn't seem to be keeping most Americans home. AAA reports 34.4 million people are expected to hit the roads this Labor Day over last year. That's up 9.9 percent since 2009.

"It's the end of summer," said AAA spokeswoman Elaine Zeinner. "Families and friends are really excited to celebrate the end of summer away from home."

While also staying closer to home though. More motorists throughout the Tri-state are taking shorter trips to closer cities you can easily drive to such as Indianapolis.

"You're only driving two to three hours each way so it's no big deal," said Lee Scheben.

Brett Crisler and his family agree. They're driving a few hours south to the family lake house in Kentucky.

"We just all love going down there," said Brett Crisler. "It's kind of hard to justify spending money when we have the lake house for free already."

Researchers say motorists can blame a few factors, including the pending storms expected to hit this weekend.

Some good news though. Prices are expected to fall over the weekend, but remain above the current national average of $2.6/gallon.

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