Fourth of July travelers face highest gas prices in four years
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gasoline prices are at a four year high for the 4th of July this year, which could affect some drivers who are planning on a holiday getaway.
According to the Auto Club of Southern California, gas prices are 77 cents higher per gallon than they were at this time last year. We conducted a random sample of drivers and found some were making adjustments to their travel plans.
Lisa Pickern who lives in Mission Hills told us she’s usually up for a road trip to to the San Francisco Bay area, but with gas prices so high, it’s out of the question. “No way,” she said, “I’ll go to the Del Mar Fair on the train. It makes more sense.” We saw Lisa pumping gas at a station where the price for a gallon of regular gas was a head spinning $4.29 a gallon.
Daniel Gerber was driving with his wife and two daughters to Disneyland. Gerber is from Dallas, Texas and said he was surprised by the Golden State’s high gas prices. We also stumbled on Daniel Dirsherl, a visitor from Vancouver. Compared with fuel prices in Canada, he called the prices in San Diego, “a reprieve.”
At Mission Bay Park, we were invited into a camper where two friends, Dominick D’Aprile and Peter Balistreri were having a beer and a sandwich. “With all the other traffic that’s going to be on the road, all the holidays coming up, I’d much rather stay home – and the gas price does have a lot to do with it, too,” said D’Aprile.
Balistreri who owns the camper, a 1993 Winnebago, acknowledged that prices at the pump are higher, but he still plans on taking a few short camping trips this summer. “You pay ’em. You have no choice. It can get expensive, but you have to pay to play,” he said.
The app, Gas Buddy, estimates that with the increase in the cost of gas, motorists will fork out an extra $1 billion in gas purchases in the usual four day travel period, compared with the same holiday period in 2017.