Gasoline prices in Nebraska are the lowest they’ve been in 11 years heading into the first holiday of the summer season.
Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, predicts the cheap pump prices will translate into a big boost in next weekend’s number of vacation travelers hitting the highways.
“We expect more than 38-million Americans to travel between next Thursday and the following Monday as part of the Memorial Day weekend,” Weinholzer says. “That’ll be the most travelers since 2005 and it coincides with the lowest gas prices since 2005.”
The motor club predicts about 700,000 more people will travel nationwide next weekend than a year ago. Of the forecast 38-million travelers, a record of almost 34-million — or around 90% — will be in motor vehicles, which is why gas prices are a key factor.
“The Nebraska average is $2.24 as compared to a year ago, it was $2.58,” Weinholzer says. “So, Nebraskans are saving 34-cents. Not only are they saving money but they’re using it to increase their travel adventures.”
The national average is $2.26, about two cents higher than Nebraska’s average. The state’s cheapest gas can be found in Omaha at $2.19 a gallon, while the most expensive gas is in Kearney at $2.38.