OKLAHOMA CITY — According to AAA, about 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for Labor Day weekend, most of them will go by car.
The travel expert is reporting gasoline prices are the highest they have been in years.
For the month of August gasoline went up 31 cents.
AAA has been keeping track of gas prices since 2000.
August 2012 was the second highest monthly increase since April 2011.
Cross-country travelers are often impressed with Oklahoma’s gas prices.
Oklahoma routinely is among the cheapest in the country.
Kathy Hurd drove from Nebraska to Dallas and back.
She filled up in Oklahoma City Monday morning.
“Actually, to be honest, this is the cheapest price I’ve seen so far. Everything has been $3.79 and $3.89 or $4.00 a gallon. Not here,” Hurd said.
Ryan Boatwright and his crew chose to rent a van instead of driving their 36-foot-long RV because of the price at the pump.
Boatwright stopped in OKC to gas-up during his round-trip from Denver to Dallas.
“That would cost us about $1,200 to $1,500 instead of $400. So, we rented a minivan and piled everyone in,” Boatwright said.
Hard rock band, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, filled-up their van in Oklahoma City as part of their cross-country tour.
They played in Tulsa Sunday night and they are headed to Amarillo for their next gig.
“Instead of buying a hotel we put all the money we make into the tank,” Stephen Carr said.
The band hails from the Chicago area.
They love the price at Oklahoma City’s Loves Country Store.
“When we come out here in this region, the price of gas drops a little bit. Of course we’re driving diesel, so it’s still $4 a gallon,” Scott Certa said.
AAA reports three main factors are driving up the price of gasoline for Labor Day weekend:
- The cost of crude oil
- Pipeline/Refinery disruptions in the Midwest
- Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf of Mexico
AAA predicts a drop in gas prices for September.
However, the travel experts expect gasoline to remain at or near record highs for the rest of 2012.