MEDFORD, Ore. — The American Automobile Association says gas prices are at the lowest in four years. The average price per gallon for Oregon is steady at $2.67, last year it was $3.05. This comes just in time for the Labor Day weekend.
AAA says with Covid-19 precautions and travel restrictions in place, more people reluctant to fly and are choosing to travel by car. In fact, according to AAA 97% of people are making the choice to drive than use any other means of transportation.
"It is going to be busy. We are seeing a pent up demand for travel, but you do want to make sure that you plan ahead," AAA said. "You have to do your homework before you leave home."
They advise that lodging and attractions should be booked in advance. Travel restrictions and advisories need to be researched as well. AAA says tourists should make sure the place they want to visit is open and welcoming visitors.
But other parts of the country were not seeing prices stay as steady as the west. "Gas prices actually went up in the last week nation wide, but held steady here in Oregon," AAA said. "The reason we saw prices increase in other parts of the country was a result of Hurricane Laura"
The national average of gas prices per gallon rose about five cents to $2.23 per gallon.
Prices across the board are expected to drop as the fall season approaches, but other major storms, like hurricanes, do have the potential to cause an increase in prices even in the Oregon area.