Will higher gas prices keep drivers off the road?

Average price for regular gas in WMass is 3 cents less than the national average

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Gas prices are at their lowest levels in more than a decade, but they could be going back up. On Thursday, crude oil prices hit $50 for the first time this year. In February, they were about half the price.

According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas is $2.28 in Western Massachusetts; that’s 3 cents less than the national average. Experts say the rise in crude oil prices, and the switch to a summer blend of gasoline, could increase gas prices.

Drivers told 22News a higher gas price wouldn’t keep them off the roads. “It’s natural with the summer heat. So it’s tough sometimes, but you got to deal with the tough times and say just roll with the punches,” said Todd Taylor of Greenfield.

55% more Americans are more likely to take a road trip this Memorial Day weekend than travel by air, according to AAA. They say more than 38 million Americans will travel this weekend, which is the most since 2005.

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