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