As the Memorial Day weekend gets nearer, almost 30 million drivers are expected to hit the US roads.

According to Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for, gas prices are the almost the same as during this period last year, with the national average of $3.68 per gallon of regular unleaded gas compared with last year’s $3.65 per gallon.

“This year it will be a few cents more, most notably in the nation’s midsection, which is a bit more sensitive to price range,” he says. “The midsection of the nation is seeing all-time record high prices, which will result in fewer people driving.”

The refinery issues made the prices climb in Central America, while prices are stable along the Gulf and the East Coasts. Drivers in the West Coast might also see the prices slightly up. The cheapest gas prices are in Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas.

“It’s all related to refinery and supply issues,” he says. “California has had extensive refinery maintenance, which contributes to lower gasoline supply. It’s just like having your car in the shop—you can’t drive it around when it’s in the shop.”

DeHaan has several advices for drivers which will help them save fuel: plan ahead and know the best places were to fuel your vehicle, do not speed, and limit AC use and idling.



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