Tips to save money as gas prices soar

Traffic caused by the Wando Bridge closure last Monday. Residents could experience similar backups trying to get out of town

Airports will be busy too, and Chicago's airports are expecting more than 1.7 million passengers.

Marsian says she expects travel time to be affected by traffic on I-95 and I-495.

If you're traveling this Memorial Day weekend, there are some things you can do to essentially get the most from your gas tank.

"These unsafe habits can, and do, result in crashes", explains Devitt who also notes that more than 1,300 speeding citations were issued past year during the Memorial Day travel period as well as 57 seatbelt citations and four arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs", State Police Lt. David Devitt said.

In California and Santa Rosa, the average price at the pump for a gallon of regular gas is about 60 cents higher than it was near the end of May last year, and the reason is said to be simple: crude oil prices are on a year-long run from around $50 to just over $70 a barrel.

Among respondents, 58 percent said they will road-trip this summer - down 24 percent from previous year - while 39 percent cited gasoline's price as an influence on their travel plans, compared to 19 percent in 2017, Gasbuddy reported.

AAA estimates that consumers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2014.

For some, Memorial Day weekend is a time to get out of town and enjoy a vacation.

To accommodate travelers, MassDOT will shut down scheduled roadway construction activities at noon Friday.

He says it's seasonal, in Chicago there's the required summer blend, and Opec is producing less oil.

Drivers on the Atlantic City Expressway will have toll-free passage going east into Atlantic City from 5 to 6 the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza, sponsored by Chickie's and Pete's.

The public can access updates on I-35 conditions at, a site that also provides instructions on signing up to receive text messages and alerts from TxDOT, Wheatley said.

The MassDOT also recommends following the agency on Twitter @MassDOT because motor vehicle incidents that impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state's major highways.

The real-time traffic navigation app Waze also analyzed its 2017 data to find the worst times for Boston traffic throughout Memorial Day weekend. Service begins Friday, and the train operates Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Labor Day.

The MBTA will operate on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, in all modes, including subway and commuter rail lines, buses, trolley, the RIDE, and ferries and boats.

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