Sioux Falls, SD
With the fourth of July just around the corner, many people are making plans to travel. But, high gas prices might be changing how far people go for their holiday.
According to AAA, gas prices for this Independence Day are expected to reach the highest rate in six years. The agency reports that just a couple of days ago, the national average price of gas was $3.68, which is 14 cents higher than last year at this time.
Even though some people, like Arthur Jelsma aren't going far for the fourth, this driver predicts that people traveling long distances will alter their plans around gas prices.
"The prices are going to dictate maybe the extent to which they travel. They might not go as far, or they might not stay as long," driver Arthur Jelsma said.
Even though gas prices are expected to be higher than usual for this fourth of July holiday, many drivers say it's going to affect them more in the long run.
"We will probably re-think how we do things. In other words, we'll, when we make a trip into town, we'll probably plan that in accordance with other things that we will be doing that day," Jelsma said.
Other drivers, like Ronnie Stahl, are curbing the prices by driving smaller vehicles that get better gas mileage. This driver also thinks seasoned travelers will re-think their plans if gas prices continue to rise.
"I don't think they'll be traveling as much. Yeah, everybody's watching their pocket books," driver Ronnie Stahl said.
But as far as the fourth of July holiday goes, AAA expects most people to pay the price, with 41 million Americans predicted to travel over the weekend.
AAA says in recent years, gas prices have dropped leading up to the holiday, but this year that wasn't the case due to high crude oil costs as a result of violence in Iraq.