Memorial Day Weekend Gas Prices Surge to 7-Year High

Kentucky boasts the lowest average in the Tri-State at $2.90, but some stations are so low they're drawing in many drivers eager to pinch their pennies.

Posted: Jun 1, 2021 12:36 AM
Updated: Jun 1, 2021 8:22 AM

Prices at the pump are ticking up once again and this time, they're breaking records.

The national average coming out of Memorial Day weekend sits at $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, the highest it's been since 2014.

That's because, with the rate of vaccinations, more people are getting out.

"Last year this time, not a lot of people traveled because of the pandemic and because of COVID, but now [they are] because the mask [requirements] are lifted," said Keith Patterson of Evansville.

AAA predicts around 34 million Americans hit the road this holiday, a 53% increase from last year. But that's also hiking up demand and experts say fuel production is facing two major problems.

It's still dealing with the fallout of the Colonial Pipeline cyber-attack, which shut down east coast production for several days.

"A lot of my family and friends are back in North Carolina," Patterson said. "So I had a lot of them calling and texting saying hey we're in these long lines waiting five or six hours just to get gas."

But there's also the issue of worker shortages.

Right now, as much as 25% of tanker trucks are not being used due to a lack of drivers, according to The National Tank Truck Carriers Association.

While that may not affect large chains, for the time being, we've seen how the threat of shortages can lead some to panic.

"When I was in Henderson not too long ago there was a lot of people at all the gas stations along the parkway," said Allyson Roberts of Owensboro. "Yeah, there were a ton of people and I had to wait to get gas."

Though Indiana's average is lower than the national number at $2.99, some stations sit right at the mark.

Kentucky boasts the lowest average in the Tri-State at $2.90, but some stations, like a few seen along US Highway 41 in Henderson, are so low they're drawing in many drivers eager to pinch their pennies.

"It's usually cheaper here in Henderson than it is over there in Evansville so that's why I stopped here," Patterson said.

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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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