Gas Prices Surge as Millions of Americans Hit the Roadways for Independence Day

A record breaking 43 million Americans are expected to head out on the roads this Independence Day weekend to celebrate time with their loved ones. But it's not just traffic they'll be dealing, with but soaring gas prices.

Posted: Jul 2, 2021 12:28 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2021 2:46 PM

AAA says in Indiana the price for unleaded gas has increased from $2.23 per gallon to $3.10 per gallon since just January

"Gas prices have definitely been rising,” said Evansville resident Seth Tempel, who has three vehicles, including a car, motorcycle and truck. "I was in Washington a couple of weeks ago and it was about $4 a gallon there. I don't know what their standard is there but that's pretty dang high, but we're reaching a pretty close price here too."

Some of the main reasons for the high pump prices -- the country opening back up with a relaxation in travel restrictions, people more confident in traveling safely from the vaccine rollout and the the spike in demand for oil globally.

"Gas prices are at their most expensive since 2014,” Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson said. “So, the most expensive prices in seven years."

Travel experts say some tips on not breaking the bank at the pump this weekend include comparing gas prices, not overfilling that tank and making sure to check your tire pressure.

"I'm pretty close to the Henderson line,” Tempel said. “So, driving down in Kentucky usually saves a few pennies off the gas."

And when it comes to hitting the roadway this holiday weekend, travelers are facing tough decisions.

"I thought about taking my truck so I can do some projects up there,” Tempel said about his plans to visit family in Muncie, Ind. “But I am going to have to take my car because gas prices are so high."

And prices may continue to increase by a nickel as we countdown to Independence Day

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It was another chilly start across the Tri-State; while we only dipped as low as 43° in Evansville, many others across the Tri-State fell into the upper 30s earlier this morning. The cool air didn't linger long however, temperatures quickly reached back into the mid 70s across the region this afternoon - higher pressure camped out over the southeastern quarter of the country will continue to keep the skies above the Tri-State clear while gradually driving temperatures higher over the next few days. Despite our anticipated southerly winds this evening, you may still want to grab a jacket before your head out to dinner; after seeing a temperature near 64° around dinnertime, we'll fall off toward the mid to upper 50s by 10 o'clock. Overnight lows will again dwindle into the mid to low 40s for the majority of the Ohio Valley early Tuesday morning.
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