RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Many across the commonwealth are taking to the roads, highways and interstates for the Memorial Day weekend, and as you would imagine, gas prices remain the highest they’ve been in seven years.
According to AAA, this will be the highest prices seen since Memorial Day weekend 2014 when gas was an average of $3.48 a gallon.
As of Saturday, AAA says the average gas per gallon in Richmond is $2.95 which is slightly below the national average of $3.04 per gallon. A year ago prices were drastically lower and averaged around $1.76 per gallon.
Several stations around Richmond are offering gas well below $2.95. The 7-Eleven at 5618 Patterson Ave. and the Fast Mart at 2003 Williamsburg Rd. is showing a gallon of regular unleaded at $2.75.
Drivers may see higher or lower prices throughout the Commonwealth while they travel.
If you’re heading up to D.C. it might be worth filling up before you go, the average price of gas is just above $3 there. But drivers taking a trip to the peninsula for some time in the ocean or the Chesapeake Bay might want to hold off and fuel up before heading back to RVA, gas prices in the Virginia Beach and Norfolk area are averaging about $2.88 per gallon.
Everyone making a trip out to the Shenandoah Mountains could save a couple of bucks filling up in Harrisonburg or spend about the same as Richmond prices in the Waynesboro area.
For people driving out of state to the Outer Banks prices are around $2.90 a gallon. Anyone heading north for a beach trip to Ocean City, Maryland will see gas prices around $2.98.