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.”