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.”