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Gas prices increasing for the holiday weekend

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Nationwide gas prices are higher than last year and experts are predicting higher prices for the upcoming Holiday weekend.

One expert says gas prices next weekend are going to be the highest since 2008.

The national average for gas peaked in May just under $4.00 a gallon.

It's dropped since then to the current average around $3.70 a gallon according to GasBuddy.com but that's still 23 cents more expensive than it was on the Fourth of July last year.

In Evansville it's even a little better with the average price for a gallon of gas is $3.62. That price is below Indiana's average as well.

Triple-A says there will be as many as 41-million Americans on the roads next week for the Holiday.

We spoke with several people filling up Saturday but only a few were planning on traveling on the Holiday weekend.

Most of them, like Chester Vanek, say the price of gas is something they notice but it doesn't stop them from making plans.

"They're expensive, making it tough to make trips home," says Vanek. "It's definitely not easy. I don't have any plans to leave and that's definitely a determining factor on whether or not I can afford to go places."

Vanek, like most of the people we spoke with, says he just plans to stay in town and relax next weekend.

GasBuddy.com's chief oil analyst says it wouldn't be surprising to see national prices make it to
$4.00 a gallon.

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