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Millions traveling over Memorial Day holiday, despite record gas prices

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) — As millions of Texans hit the highway for Memorial Day weekend, others are cutting back on spending due to sky-high gas prices.

“It’s affecting everyone and it’s a crisis for everyone,” said Bryan resident Walter Ward. “It’s incredible.”

With 2.8 million Texans hitting the road this weekend, many see high fuel prices as nothing more than cash in smoke.

“It’s about $150 to fill my truck right now, so that’s one of the reasons we’re not going anywhere,” Ward said.

It is worse for those who drive diesel-powered vehicles. A diesel driver we spoke to at a College Station gas station said he was spending up to $160 for a tank and was planning to drive to Dallas for Memorial weekend Day.

“That’s a 5% increase from last year and it’s also pretty close to the record that was set in 2019 which was 3.1 million Texans driving,” said Daniel Armbruster, with AAA Texas, “We will still see a lot of people on the roadways.”

AAA says prices won’t drop anytime soon.

“With demand on the rise and also more people traveling as well as financial market volatility, we may continue to see gasoline prices rise.”

It’s no wonder motorists like Ward are trying to cut back on their daily commutes, while planning their summer trips.

“I think some people will still travel. I think the people you know still want to do what they want to do and had plans to do even though gas prices are going up,” Ward said.

Of course, it could always be worse.

In California, the average cost of a gallon of gasoline is just under $6.08 according to AAA.

The average here in Texas is $4.25.

You can also find the cheapest gas in the B-CS area by visiting our KBTX Pump Patrol page.

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