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You can’t plan for the unexpected, but you can prepare; Why experts say to set aside extra cash

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It’s summer time and if you haven’t taken that family vacation yet, you’re probably counting down the days until you hit the road but this year, you may want to set aside some extra cash, as gas prices are on the rise.

It really all depends on where you live but the summer months usually see an uptick in gas prices, and this summer is not expected to be any different.

And, it could be even worse this year with oil prices on the rise due to the crisis in Iraq.

So if you’re traveling cross country, here’s what to expect.

The website, WalletHub looked at some of the best and worst states to take a summer road trip, including a look at the highest and lowest average gas prices.

You’ll find the cheapest gas, on average, in South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

And the most expensive states to fill up your tank, on average, they include Illinois, Washington, Alaska, California, and Hawaii.

Now, if you don’t care about gas prices and just want the best road trip possible, the survey looked at several factors to find the best states to take a summer drive, including summer weather conditions, traffic safety, and the number of scenic attractions.

According to WalletHub, the top five road tripping states are Oregon, Idaho, Minnesota, Utah, and Washington.