Rising gas prices affecting travel plans

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It's hard to miss the rising cost of gas just as vacation season is approaching. According to AAA's daily fuel gauge report, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is now $3.69, compared to $3.53 just one month ago.

The average price is about 18 cents a gallon more than it was this time last year.

Right now, in Mississippi, the average price is right at $3.50. That is 19 cents less than the national average, but it is still enough to make your wallet lighter when you go to the pump.

Sunday, we talked to a group of visitors from Georgia who travel all summer long for Amateur Athletic Union basketball tournaments. They say the rising prices definitely have some control over their plans.

"We have to consider where we go with the gas prices going up because, you know, we are taking two or three vehicles at a time to get these boys. We have no sponsors so, you know, we are doing this out of our own pocket," said Al Hansbrough.

If you do plan to do a lot of driving this summer, there are several websites designed to help you find the lowest gas prices along your route. One of those websites is http://www.gasbuddy.com/.

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