CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Gas prices are going nowhere but up, but that doesn't seem to be keeping people home this holiday weekend.
Gas prices have gone up about 40 cents nationally since the low on July 2nd. According to AAA, gas prices are about 17 cents higher per gallon this year compared to last year.
But around 1-point-6 million New England residents, or just over 11 percent of the population, will still hit the road for one last road trip this summer, traveling 50 miles or more. That's a 3 percent increase over last year, just slightly ahead of the national forecast of 2-point-9 percent. AAA of Southern New England says it's due to the country's continued slow and steady economic recovery. Travelers are also expected to spend more on their trips, but are saving money by staying with friends or relatives. If you are planning to stay in a hotel, watch out for extra fees.
And the good news is, after you enjoy getting out of town for your holiday weekend, analysts say gas prices should go down.