Holiday travelers paying higher prices at the pumps

Holiday travelers paying higher prices at the pumps

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AAA officials say making sure your tires are properly inflated and that you are not carrying a lot of extra stuff in your car can really help you get better gas mileage during these peak times. AAA officials say making sure your tires are properly inflated and that you are not carrying a lot of extra stuff in your car can really help you get better gas mileage during these peak times.
Right now, the average price for gas in Knoxville is $3.44; up 21 cents from this time last year. Right now, the average price for gas in Knoxville is $3.44; up 21 cents from this time last year.
"Get away from everything and go enjoy yourself a little bit, if you can afford to," said Leatherman. "Get away from everything and go enjoy yourself a little bit, if you can afford to," said Leatherman.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As we head into the holiday weekend travelers are having to dig deeper into their pockets to pay at the pump.

AAA officials say the prices are on the rise and will likely continue to go up over the next few weeks.

It is news many drivers do not want to hear, especially when the high prices coincide with a holiday weekend.

"These gas prices is killing people," said Clarence Leatherman.

"Price right here is the cheapest that I've had since I left Wisconsin," said Keith Beckstrom.

But gas prices locally are going up, and AAA officials say it is probably not going to stop any time soon.

"Prices are continuing to rise. The national average has risen 25 consecutive days," said Stephanie Milani with AAA Tennessee.

Right now, the average price for gas in Knoxville is $3.44; up 21 cents from this time last year.

"Consumer confidence is up which means that investors are saying ok, maybe more people will be driving. There's going to be more demand for gasoline and oil which in turn makes oil prices go up," said Milani.

The good news is that compared to other state averages, Tennessee fares pretty well.

The national average is $3.66, 22 cents higher than Knoxville's.

"We live near the oil pipelines, and we live near a distribution site, so it's easier to get the fuel to us from a number of different areas," said Milani.

"The gas prices, I guess they're ok. It seems the more you go south the cheaper the gas is," said Marjorie Lorenzon from Michigan.

There are some ways to ease the pain at the pumps if you are hitting the roads this Easter.

"The number one thing you can do is make sure that you keep your vehicle maintained. We talk about that a lot, but it's actually very important," said Milani.

AAA officials say making sure your tires are properly inflated and that you are not carrying a lot of extra stuff in your car can really help you get better gas mileage during these peak times.

"Get away from everything and go enjoy yourself a little bit, if you can afford to," said Leatherman.

AAA officials say you can go online and check gas prices locally to make sure you're getting the best deal, but they also say be careful you are not driving too far out of your way or you are just going to burn those savings.

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