Higher gas prices are here to stay—with many motorists paying the most since 2014—but nearly 2 million more Americans will hit the road for a Memorial Day getaway this year over last May, bringing the total to 41.5 million travelers, AAA reported. Nearly 220,000 Idahoans will be among them, according to new projections by AAA.
“Pump prices continue to climb. Based on current data, families will spend $200 more to fill up this summer over last,” AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde said. “With gas inventories in the Rockies region a million barrels below last year, there is a strong possibility that higher gas prices will remain in our immediate future.”
Tuesday, the U.S. average was $2.95, which is 19 cents higher than a month ago and 59 cents more than a year ago. Idaho’s prices are higher still; at $3.16, Gem State drivers are paying 11 cents more than a month ago and 61 cents more than a year ago. Idaho has the seventh highest gas prices in the country, joining neighbors Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Utah on the Top Ten list.
Here’s a snapshot of gas prices across the Gem State: Boise, $3.23; Challis, $3.19; Coeur d’Alene, $3.02; Gooding, $3.09; Idaho Falls, $3.13; Ketchum, $3.27; Mountain Home, $3.13; Pocatello, $3.17.