Friday, September 3, 2010

Idahoans pay premium for Labor Day gasoline

Average price is 30 cents higher than U.S. average


By EXPRESS STAFF

Though drivers in Idaho will pay about 30 cents a gallon more for gas than the U.S. average, plenty will still hit the road to take advantage of the last three-day weekend of summer, AAA Idaho predicts.

"Our travel projections for Idaho and other Mountain West states point to a 10 percent increase in the number of auto travelers this year compared to a year ago," said AAA Idaho spokesman Dave Carlson.

AAA reported that Idaho's average price is $2.99, up four cents in the past three weeks and 31 cents higher than the national average of $2.68.

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Idaho's average price is tied with Oregon's for third highest in the country outside Alaska and Hawaii, trailing California's average price of $3.08 and Washington's of $3.06.

"It's difficult to comprehend what's driving this year's high pump prices in Idaho," Carlson said.

AAA Idaho expects that 91 percent of all holiday travelers will go by car, accounting for 31.4 million of the 34.4 million travelers expected to travel 50 miles or more from home.




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