Ohio drivers see highest gas prices this year ahead of holiday weekend

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – If you’re hitting the road for memorial day weekend, you might want to bring some extra cash for gas. Ohio’s gas prices right now are higher than surrounding states.

Gas prices in Ohio are the highest they’ve been so far in 2016, with prices ranging anyway from $2.53 to about $2.59. Experts say even though prices have risen, a record number of travelers are still planning to hit the road.

“Americans since January have saved milllions of dollars because of the decrease in the price of gas,” AAA spokesperson Cindy Antrican said. “I think some of that money has been saved to enhance their vacation experiences this summer.”

“What were seeing is record high demand,” Antrican said. “We’re seeing a crimp in the supply line that was brought on by the wildfires up in Canada. It is hampering the amount that is available.”

As for drivers like Nick Carnahan, he says he’s avoiding the traffic this year partly due to the higher prices.

“My plans are to stay at home because it’s memorial day weekend,” Carnahan said. “There’s a lot of people driving and I don’t want to be out there for that.”

As for the drivers who are heading out of state, Antrican says think twice before hitting the pump in Ohio.

“Take a look at the map and see where you are going and then decide you may want to wait to fill up till you cross outside the state of Ohio depending on which direction you’re going,” Antrican said. “Some of the surrounding states have lower prices right now.”

Although, Carnahan says he’s not traveling this weekend, he does plan to drive this summer, hoping prices lower before he hits the road.

“I already think about traveling more this summer,” Carnahan said. “We’re going to Tybee Island in Savannah, GA and were all driving down there instead of even thinking about flying and that’s multiple cars with a big family.”

 

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