Weather Forecast


Higher gas prices seen as unlikely to affect Fourth of July travel

News Dickinson,North Dakota 58602
The Dickinson Press
Higher gas prices seen as unlikely to affect Fourth of July travel
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

FARGO — Despite gas prices being at their highest levels since 2008, representatives from AAA and other travel associations do not expect holiday travel to be affected.

Today’s national average price for gas is $3.67 per gallon, up nearly 20 cents from last year’s price of $3.48. That total is still considerably less than the $4.10 per gallon charged in 2008.

AAA projects 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million who traveled last year. At least eight in 10 are expected to travel by automobile.

Gas prices typically tend to fall in June when refineries return to full capacity following routine heavy maintenance conducted in April and May. The higher prices are being blamed on continuing violence in Iraq.

The current average in North Dakota is $3.67, up 4 cents from last year’s average of $3.63. Fargo’s average is $3.51, compared to $3.40 in 2013.

Gene LaDoucer, spokesman for AAA North Dakota, said the increase is unlikely to change travel plans.

“For a weekend getaway, that type of an increase is not likely to cancel a family vacation,” LaDoucer said. “It’s just not that big of an impact. They can make up for it in other ways like packing a lunch or forgoing a souvenir purchase.”

Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.