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Gas prices aren't stopping holiday travelers

May 25, 2007

Tifton--Even with gas prices at an all-time high, more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. A record 32 million are expected to drive to their destination. 

The nationwide average for gas right now is $3.22 a gallon. That's 36 cents higher than this time a year ago. Even so, it doesn't seem to matter to drivers.

It's count down time to Memorial Day. And drivers are packing I-75 in Tifton.

"Traffic has been pretty bad, so the gas prices haven't affected a lot of people," says driver, Dan Harris.

Including Florida native Dan Harris who's visiting family in Columbus.

"The price has gone up a lot, but it's not as high as it is down there."

In fact, gas is 25 cents cheaper in south Georgia than it is in Florida.

"About $3.20, $3.25," says Harris

And even with those prices, Harris and other drivers nationwide just don't care. According to AAA one in eight Americans will travel fifty miles or more from home this Memorial Day Weekend.

"It's very frustrating," says a Florida family.

Especially when they're traveling well over fifty miles to Tennessee.

"Fifteen or sixteen hundred miles," they say

Like most drivers, their holiday getaway won't come cheap.

"We're not even there yet. 75 dollars so far? 83 dollars and we haven't gotten there yet," they say.

"My gas is the cheapest in town," says Sandy Singh.

But $2.98 isn't really cheap. Raceway station owner, Sandy Singh, says since the holiday weekend kicked into gear, it's done wonders for business.

"It's around 600 to 700 hundred walk in, almost double," says Singh.

Harris is just one of the many drivers who's giving Singh's business a boost in sales. It costs him:

"Fifty to sixty dollars," says Harris.

To fuel up--and even though traveling is proving costly, he says there's no way to avoid it.

"You just can't stay at home. You've got to go someplace sometime," says Harris.

Drivers in Georgia can expect to pay an average of about $3.10 for a gallon of regular unleaded. New Jersey has the cheapest gas in the country at $2.95 a gallon.

Experts predict that cars will use 1.2 billion gallons of gas over the three-day weekend, that's about 190 million gallons more than during a three-day non-holiday weekend.

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