ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Good news for motorists traveling this holiday weekend – well, sort of.
Gas prices remain sky-high, but Patrick Dehaan with gasbuddy.com said prices are unlikely to rise because of the holiday weekend. He said any price changes will be due to market changes, not because of Independence Day.
“Gas prices really know no holiday,” Dehaan said. “I can tell folks out there that this is simply a function of the market.”
However, Dehaan did have some advice for weekend travelers looking to save a bit.
“I would stay away from stations that are right next to the highway,” he said. “We’ve tended to find that if you go inland a few miles, prices can be anywhere from five to fifteen cents-a-gallon cheaper.”
Dehaan also suggested that motorists avoid more affluent areas, as those stations tend to tout higher prices. He said that he does not consider these differences between stations to be price gouging.
“As long as there’s people willing to pay it, I wouldn’t consider it price gouging,” Dehaan said. “People are free to pay whatever price, essentially, that they want to fill up at. If there’s a station charging $3.50, people have the freedom to go somewhere else…it’s smart business practice, as much as my wallet doesn’t like it.
Dehaan suggested that travelers plan ahead to find which stations have the best deals.
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