Those of you who traveled this Memorial Day likely noticed higher prices at the pump.
AAA says gas prices are the highest they’ve been this holiday weekend since 2014.
That pain at the pump is expected to continue.
It’s no surprise that on Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer, area drivers are busy filling up their tanks.
“We have a plan to go to a lake with my friends,” Busha Hika said.
However, some of them are surprised about how much gas prices have risen.
“It’s going up like crazy,” Hika said.
“It was nice when it was under two bucks,” Joshua Svec said.
With the South Dakota average at $2.86 and the nationwide average at $2.97, Mike Trewick from St. Cloud is thankful he recently switched from an SUV to a car.
“It has very good gas mileage. It was ok coming here–less than a half a tank,” Trewick said.
If you don’t plan to buy a new vehicle, what else can you do? Consumer Reports says slowing down ten miles per hour can buy about six more miles per gallon.
Here are some other tips. Make sure your tires are fully inflated, so your car can run more efficiently. Don’t buy premium unless your car requires it. Consumer Reports testing finds no advantage to fuel economy with premium over regular.
Also, sometimes you can save money by not buying at a station right off the interstate and going a little big farther into town.
“I’ll be shopping around for gas prices. Yes. Exactly,” Hika said.
Shopping around to drive around.
Sioux Falls does have higher gas prices than in Rapid City.
According to AAA, the average in Sioux Falls is $2.87. In Rapid it’s around $.20 less per gallon.