AAA says 40.8 Million Americans are hitting the roadways this 4th of July. For many, the price of gas will determine just how far they can go to spend the holiday with friends and family.
Across the country everyone is seeing higher gas prices this fourth than they saw last year. But if you look at prices for the year, we're actually in a low spot, which is good news for those hitting the road this holiday.
According to AAA, the average 4th of July traveler will spend over $700 in gas to reach their destination. With the average national price of gas at $3.48 drivers we talked to are making the most out of every drop.
"They are too high got to get a second job just for gas,"said Adonica Redford who is driving through Jackson to Missouri.
In the Jackson metro, the lowest price we found was $3.05, which is a slight increase from last year this time, when it was just below three dollars. The national price of gas has been on the decline since the first of the year, and drivers say prices in our region, are some of the best they've seen.
"They're cheaper the further you go north. It's like $3.13 a gallon," said Jimmy Foster, who is driving to Arkansas. "It's $3.38 on the coast."
"Gas in Missouri probably was about $3.40 something, probably on the way down," said Radford. "The cheapest we got was about $3.09."
With gas prices at their third highest point for a 4th of July, drivers say they're very selective when choosing a station.
"I ride around till I find the cheapest one because it could be a store across the street that says $3.11 and this one might say $3.19," said Ullysses Richmond.
Others find fuel economy in the type of gas and car they use.
"I try to purchase gas with no ethanol in it," said Foster. "That's regular gas it's a whole lot better gas mileage."
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