Gas prices expected to keep falling over Memorial Day weekend

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North Carolina motorists traveling over the Memorial Day weekend should find gasoline prices well below what they were this time last year.

In the Triad, the average price of regular, unleaded gasoline was $3.50 a gallon on Tuesday, compared with $3.73 a gallon on May 22, 2011, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Statewide, the average price was $3.55 a gallon, down 36 cents since a peak price of $3.91 on April 6 this year, and down 22 cents a gallon from $3.77 a gallon on May 22 last year.

Boone has the highest prices in the state at $3.76 on average, and High Point has the cheapest gas at $3.45.

AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, expects an estimated 884,000 motorists in the state to start traveling on Thursday for the Memorial Day weekend, up 2.2 percent from last year.

“Sharply declining gasoline prices, a slight improvement in the economy and a desire to spend the holiday with family and friends means more vehicles on the road this year,” said David E. Parsons, the chief executive and president of AAA Carolinas.

This article was written by Fran Daniel and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.