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Colette Bellefleur, of Ocean City, paying Brittney Rodriguez for gas Wednesday at the Wawa on MacArthur Boulevard in Somers Point, says she doesn’t think higher fuel prices will have any effect on her or others’ travel plans.

South Jersey drivers are spending more money to fill up this year compared to 2017.

Atlantic County residents are paying $71 more for gas in 2018 compared to the same time last year, and Cape May County residents are paying $69 more than this time last year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

And it doesn’t seem to be letting up. Motorists can expect the national gas price average to range between $2.85 and $3.05 through Labor Day.

So will drivers still travel?

According to the report, only 33 percent of respondents said they would change travel plans if gas prices hit $3.

At this time last year, no New Jersey gas stations were selling gas for $3.01-per-gallon or more. This year, 26 percent of gas stations are selling gas for $3.01-per-gallon or more.

“Motorists can expect to spend over $200 more on gas this season, but that won’t stop them from taking a summertime road trip this year,” said Tracy Noble, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Higher gas prices may just encourage travelers to shorten their driving distance, while others may save money by eating out less or finding more free family-fun activities while on vacation.”

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I’ve written for multiple publications including Levittown Now, Passyunk Post, Philadelphia Neighborhoods,Temple News and JUMP Magazine. I’ve covered arts, entertainment, business, music, sports and local government. Experienced in videography.

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