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Higher Gas Prices Could Affect Holiday Weekend Travel

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It's no secret that gas prices are getting higher and higher. AAA says the average price of regular unleaded in the Reno area is now $3.97 a gallon.

That's up almost 10 cents from a week ago and an almost 20 cent jump from last month.

"I think we're going to hover at $3.70 and above for the forseeable future."

As people fill up at the pump, it's easy to tell that the price of gas is on a lot of people's mind. But what's causing this? really, it's a mix of things. "More of maintenance, unexpected shutdowns, little tiny fires, nothing major," says Peter Kreuger, Nevada Petroleum Marketers Association.

Kreuger says add that with a summer blend of gas, and these prices are here to stay.

Another thing that affects the price, international issues. Right now, he says nothing too major is affecting the oil markets, but current affairs just add to their unpredictability.

With prices now flirting with the $4 mark, we asked Northern Nevadans whether they're scaling back their driving for the holiday weekend.

One man who had planned to drive to St. Louis said he'll now fly. "It's about 1,800 miles there and back. The gas would cost between $850 and $1,000," says Tom Standlee of Reno.

"It's just getting so expensive, it's hard to travel," says Robert Powell of Reno.

And even though Easter is not near the busiest travel day of the year- the summer driving season is approaching fast.

Kreuger says gas prices could have an impact on tourism all around. "Do people say 'I'm going to drive over to (Las) Vegas,' or 'I'm driving from the Bay Area to Reno' as often, probably not."

And some say they've already adjusted their driving habits, and even what they drive.

"We used to do a lot more traveling, so we got this so we could stay on the road, the hybrid," says Lesia Anders of Lake Tahoe.

You can check on gas prices in your neighborhood by going to http://www.gasbuddy.com/

Written by Landon Miller

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