AAA: Memorial Day gas prices expected to be highest since 2014

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The unofficial start of summer is almost here, which means people are heading to their destinations this Memorial Day weekend.

AAA says gas prices for the holiday weekend will be the highest we've seen since 2014.

According to AAA, the national average going into the weekend is $2.97 cents a gallon, which is 20 cents more than last month and roughly 60 cents more than this time last year. 

Some of the main causes are crude oil is more expensive, demand is higher and supply is down.

Despite the high prices, plenty of people are expected to hit the road this weekend; According to AAA, nearly 37 million people nationwide, 2 million more than last year.

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Among them is Amy Leifer, who is driving from Rockland County to the Hamptons for the long weekend.

"I don't want it to impact anyone else's plans, but for us it's all about finding the sunshine and some sand and some relaxation on a holiday weekend for sure," says Leifer.

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To find the cheapest price at the pump, AAA says avoid gas stations right off the highway.

"Go into town, if you're on the highway get off the highway, maybe travel a mile or two. You're burning gas in the process but you might run into a savings," says AAA's Robert Sinclair Jr.

Want to know the forecast for this Memorial Day weekend? Check out complete details in the News 12 Weather Center.

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