DuBois, PA – If you’re travelling this Memorial Day Weekend, expect to pay some of the highest gas prices for the holiday in four years.

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are hovering at an average of $3.09 per gallon, which is a jump of about 4 cents within the past week.

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More than 40 million Americans are expected to hit the road this weekend for Memorial Day.  If you’re one of them, here are four tips on how to save on gas…

1.  Use an app.  Apps like Gasbuddy and Waze can help you find the cheapest gas prices at nearby gas stations.

2.  Buy gas at a wholesale club.  Clubs like Costco, Sam’s, and BJ’s often have gas stations attached to them and can save you 20 to 30 cents a gallon on average.  Just be prepared to wait in line.

3.  Maintain your car.  Stuff like low tire pressure will reduce your fuel economy and can damage your tires.

4.  Use air conditioning.  It sounds counterintuitive but air conditioners actually create LESS drag on the engine than driving with the windows down.

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Today, 14 states had an average of $3 per gallon or more. This count includes Pennsylvania ($3.08), which remains on the list of the ten most expensive markets.

Despite a nearly 675,000 barrel draw, inventories continue to measure above the 63 million barrel level. That being said, compared to this time last year, inventories are at a 7 million barrel deficit in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average                $3.099
Average price during the week of May 14, 2018                                       $3.059
Average price during the week of May 22, 2017                                       $2.632

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:

$2.992      Altoona
$3.143      Beaver
$3.082      Bradford
$3.088      Brookville
$3.116      Butler
$3.093      Clarion
$3.070      Du Bois
$3.078      Erie
$3.147      Greensburg
$3.094      Indiana
$3.166      Jeannette
$3.132      Kittanning
$3.095      Latrobe
$3.091      Meadville
$3.135      Mercer
$3.112      New Castle
$3.097      New Kensington
$3.136      Pittsburgh
$2.982      Sharon
$3.089      Uniontown
$3.090      Warren
$3.156      Washington

On the National Front
Gas prices jumped 12 cents over the past 14 days, and six-cents since last Monday, landing the national average at $2.93 – the highest price point going into the Memorial Day weekend since 2014.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate fell 21 cents to settle at $71.28. Oil prices edged higher last week following the release of Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) weekly petroleum report that showed total crude inventories dropped by 1.4 million barrels. If this week’s EIA report shows another inventory draw, we can expect crude prices to continue climbing.

Additionally, at 2.57 million barrels per day, crude exports last week saw the highest rate ever recorded by EIA. The new record rate was 690,000 b/d more than the previous week and 1.48 million barrels per day more than this time last year.

Although the U.S. did not add any active oil rigs last week, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., the current total – 844 – is 124 more rigs than this time last year.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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