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As gas prices ease, summer road trip plans surge

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BALTIMORE, MD—As gas prices continue to drop, more Americans are planning to take to the roads this summer, according to a new report released by GasBuddy, a leading fuel savings platform.

According to the report, 76% of Americans plan to take a road trip between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends this year, which is up 18% from 2023. The average traveler has two road trips planned, with 49% planning to drive five hours or more on their road trip.

The report also found that Memorial Day is the most popular holiday to hit the road, with 60% of Americans planning to take a road trip over Memorial Day weekend. Independence Day is the second most popular holiday with 45% of Americans planning a road trip on that holiday, and Labor Day is a third popular holiday with 34% planning to travel over Labor Day weekend.

However, the report also noted that the cost of gas remains a major factor in travel expenses with 63% of survey respondents listing cost as their top consideration when planning trips. The high cost of gas has impacted 46% of respondents, with many planning to change their travel plans to avoid higher gas costs.

GasBuddy predicts that prices at the pump will not reach record highs this year and that drivers will be able to find deals and save money on gas this summer. The report recommends that drivers use the GasBuddy app to find deals, plan their road trip, and track their progress on the road.

Some additional tips include paying with GasBuddy to deal with loyalty programs and offers from many gas stations. The report also recommends considering cash payments when possible, as some stations are offering cash discounts this summer.

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

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