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AAA: Gas Prices On the Rise Since Early July

Your trip to the beach this month may cost more than earlier this summer, as fuel prices creep up across Northern Virginia.

The current average nationwide is $3.56 for a regular gallon of gas, according to Oil Price Information Service and AAA.

In the Fredericksburg area, prices are in line with the nationwide average at $3.35. The D.C-area average was $3.50 a week ago and $3.38 a month ago, according to AAA.

Travelers headed to popular beaches in Virginia may find gas prices lower at their destination than here in the D.C. metro area. The average in Ocean City, MD is $3.51 for a regular gallon of unleaded. In Virginia Beach and on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the average is $3.38.

“Gas prices have risen steadily since early July and might not retreat until after August,” said Martha M. Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic in this weekend’s outlook release.  “That said, crude oil has returned to trade in the $80 per barrel range (down from the $90 per barrel range last week), which means prices at the pump should stay where they are for at least the time being.”

Travelers with a smartphone can  for real-time congestion maps and a ‘Reach the Beach’ feature, which offers time estimates to different routes to popular beach destinations.

Summer Travel Dangers

Travelers should be aware of the hazards of summer travel. The late summer heat can do a number on your car, and earlier this summer AAA released a . Among those tips, it is advised drivers do not run a car’s AC continuously in stop-and-go-traffic. It should be given period breaks and space should be left between a driver and the car in front to ensure engines aren’t absorbing hot exhaust.

The time period between the first week of August and the end of Labor Day weekend are among those with the highest fatality rates on highways, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. Seven of the 15 deadliest days are in these weeks, based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when “both the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and the fatality rate per 100 million VMT reach their highest levels of the year.”

don dunkin August 04, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Anti-Energy Energy Secretary Steven Chu Wants Gas At $10 Per Gallon…Of Course, He Doesn’t Own A Car. http://www.theconservativereview.com/2012/03/08/anti-energy-energy-secretary-steven-chu-wants-gas-at-10-per-gallon-of-course-he-doesnt-own-a-car/
don dunkin August 04, 2012 at 06:08 PM
President Obama Wants Higher Energy Prices http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma1gwZYw1cY
don dunkin August 04, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Seems to me me we need more educated democrats who blindly follow follow President Obama without knowing the facts
Elizabeth Talbot August 04, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The commentator probably thinks that he's aced this argument since he's quoted from Gingrich and a series of ads from partisan sources where Obama's comments have been heavily edited. Gingrich also wanted to set up a moon colony. But are higher prices in the cards, no matter who's in charge? My answer is yes, which might even be a good thing. Because it takes money to develop petroleum sources. If oil prices are too low, where will be the incentive for development? And then the commentator completely leaves out the growing demand for petroleum abroad, with the industrialization of China and India. More demand equals fewer supplies equals higher costs. And face it, would be it be so awful to wean ourselves from oil dependence, considering some of the countries in the world where petroleum is located. We not only pay at the pump but for the Navy to patrol the Straits of Hormuz.
don dunkin September 18, 2012 at 04:33 AM
$1,086 What Obama costs YOU per year. Gas prices have gone up and is the same as a TAX Now 3.65 Then 1.84 Increase 1.81 Average miles per year 15,000 Average miles per gallon 25 Gas used per year 600 600 times 1.81 equals $1,086 UPDATED to current prices

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