Gas prices going up as driving season approaches

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As we press toward May and Memorial Day, gas prices are pressing higher.

Jay Escudero travels all over New England and he sees prices inching up.

“They are creeping, getting higher and higher. Most people are going to notice, but we are going to blink and it will be $4 a gallon again,” said Escudero.

AAA has released its April gas survey:

National average today: $2.15
Connecticut today: $2.28

Which is up 18 cents in the past month, but still 42 cents less than a year ago.

AAA is predicting a record number of people on the road for Memorial Day. Escudero and his family will be some of them.

“We are going to go to Florida, grab the whole family, grab an SUV, and drive down there. But it is a hybrid, so I guess it’s not going to hurt me as much,” said Escudero.

If you want to try and save some money, here are a couple of tips:

Connecticut has zone pricing which means along the shoreline it tends to be a little more expensive than up north in Waterbury or Middletown. If you do leave Connecticut and travel around New England, keep in mind Connecticut has the highest gas tax in New England, so fill up across the border.

However, if you’re going to New York or Pennsylvania, they have a much higher gas tax than Connecticut. New Jersey is the best place to fill up before you come home. Kim Rugan keeps an eye on prices when she travels. She said in Maine she notices gas to be 20 or 30 cents less.

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