Will high gas prices impact the number of people traveling this Memorial Day weekend?

CRIVITZ, Wis. (WFRV) – The unofficial start of summer kicks off with Memorial Day weekend.

Local 5 News wondered if high gas prices across Wisconsin will deter people from traveling this weekend.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) website, the average gas price in Wisconsin is $4.35. That’s high but actually lower than many other states in the country.

On Friday afternoon, the Kwik Trip gas station in Crivitz was very busy. People would stop there to fill up their gas tanks and grab a quick snack on their way north for the long weekend.

The consensus was that it wasn’t ideal that gas was so expensive, but they wouldn’t let the high prices deter them from having a great weekend. AAA said they don’t think gas prices are affecting people’s willingness to travel too much, they just think some travelers are driving fewer miles or making other smaller adjustments to compensate.

“I don’t like it, but at the same time I care more about spending the weekend with my kids,” said Adam Warsh, who is heading to the Upper Peninsula for a weekend of fishing with his kids. .

Steve Getzin from Greenfield travels up north for his family’s annual 4×4 trip. He said he was super excited because this is the first time his grandson will be able to come in a 4×4 with him.

He’s upset that gas is so expensive, but says it’s worth spending time with his grandson.

“I just try to ignore it, I don’t like watching it, it was $109 to go from here to Milwaukee, I don’t like that,” Getzin said.

AAA predicts that 39.2 million people will walk 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend, an increase of 8.3% from 2021.

A representative from AAA told Local 5 News they expect more people to travel this year than in the previous two years, but traveler numbers are unlikely to reach pre-pandemic levels. .

The AAA rep said gas might be a bit cheaper in the Fox Valley and Green Bay area than in places like Milwaukee and some northern Wisconsin counties.

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