Let’s take a look at some of the travel statistics facing us this Memorial Day weekend:
- In the U.S., national gas prices rose today for the 17th straight day.
- The average price of a gallon of gasoline rose from $3.831 yesterday to $3.875 today.
- Last year at this time, the average was $3.23 per gallon.
- Gas stations in Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, California, Hawaii and Michigan each average over $4 per gallon.
- Wyoming and Arizona are the only states averaging less than $3.70 a gallon.
- According to a Deloitte & Touche (one of the Big Four auditors) survey, 12% of Americans surveyed said they are completely canceling their Memorial Day plans due to high travel costs…
- In spite of the costs, it is estimated the average American traveler will drive 91 miles this holiday weekend.
- According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the average car on the American roads gets only 20.2 miles per gallon.
- Only 11% of Deloitte’s surveyed American plan to use air travel this weekend.
- Due to oil prices and fuel surcharge fees, the average plane ticket will cost 8% more this year.
Not that we don’t completely trust a big accounting firm like Deloitte to tell us what America is doing, but let us know in the comments section what your weekend plans are. Will you be changing your annual routine?
Be sure to note if you are “rich as hell” and “couldn’t give a crap about oil prices“, as that may affect how we view your opinion.
CNN Money: Memorial Day Travelers face headwinds, May 23, 2008