Thursday, May 26, 2011

AAA: Idahoans Ready to Hit the Road Again

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Despite gas prices being dramatically higher than a year ago, AAA is guessing more people will be traveling during the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday weekend.

Idaho's average gas price is $3.77, up 67 cents from a year ago. AAA is predicting that a recent trend in lower prices should continue, barring any unforeseen development. The recent drop in oil and gasoline future prices is being credited.

AAA projects 34.9 million Americans, or 11 percent of the population, will travel 50 miles or more from home this coming weekend. By the way, the Memorial Day holiday travel period officially begins today and runs through Monday evening.

"We're seeing a pent-up demand for travel this year, despite higher gas prices," said Doreen Loofburrow, vice president of travel for AAA Oregon/Idaho. "The challenging economy forced many to put their vacation plans on hold for the last couple years, and now they are ready to hit the road again."

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