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More than 38 million Americans are expected to travel over the 2016 Memorial Day holiday period, reported AAA last Thursday.
Of that amount, 33.9 million travelers, or 89%, will reach their destinations via automobile.
That's a 2.1% uptick from last year.
We can thank low gas prices for the surge…
As of today, the average price per gallon for regular gas is $2.28. That's about 20% lower than the price of gasoline this time last year.
In fact, the last time gasoline prices were this low for a Memorial Day holiday was in 2005, when they averaged $2.10, AAA stated.
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Gasoline demand this summer is likewise expected to break the all-time record highs set in 2007 due to the combination of relatively low prices and a healthy economy, reported the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in April.
In spite of this increase in demand, however, oil inventories remain so well-supplied for this time of year that they're acting as a ceiling to how high gasoline and oil prices rise this summer.
The EIA specifically predicted that the national average price for regular would be in the $2.04 range this summer, with some variances by region.
Last year, the average summer price of gas was $2.74 a gallon.
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