AAA will tow you home for free this Memorial Day weekend

Gas prices spike before travel-heavy Memorial Day weekend, but travelers so far are undeterred

According to a new report by AAA that is nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most people traveling in more than a dozen years.

CT comes in at $3.13 a gallon with New Jersey just over $3 a gallon.

In all, 1,053,400 people who live in the Washington region told a AAA survey they plan to drive or head to one of the region's three airports to escape for the holiday weekend.

AAA says gas prices are expected to keep going up as summer approaches. So, to help you get more bang for your buck, we've mapped out some of the cheapest places to get gas in the Triangle - well, at least for today!

Experts say travelers should try to avoid coming back from the holiday after 6 p.m. Monday.

Gas prices spike before travel-heavy Memorial Day weekend, but travelers so far are undeterred
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"For every five miles an hour you're over 50 miles per hour, the vehicle uses more gas trying to fight the extra wind resistance", said Robert Sinclair with AAA.

Gas prices are marching toward the $3 mark nationwide as the summer driving season begins.

According to CNN Money average gas prices have jumped by 31 percent over the past year in the U.S. The average for this weekend, where 41.5 million Americans are reportedly hitting the road for a vacation, will be at $2.97 per gallon. Some were as high as $3.29 a gallon, like at the Marathon Gas Station off Dutchman's Lane in St. Matthews, or as low as $2.89 a gallon like at the Meijer and Marathon-Circle K in Jeffersontown. In 2014, it was $3.65 on Memorial Day weekend. The group estimates that 2 million more people will hit the road this year than last.

Analysts say gasoline inventories dropped while demand and oil prices remain high. So he said to shop around and look for the best prices, even if it is an extra few miles away.

That news, from a panel discussion hosted by CNNMoney's John Defterios, helped send United States oil prices plunging 4% to $67.88 a barrel. OPEC and Russian Federation are due to meet in Vienna on June 22. It's going to cost you at the pump.

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