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Record high gas prices likely won't stop Memorial Day travelers


High gas prices aren't likely to stop travelers from hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend. AAA projects more than 100,000 South Dakotans will travel 50 miles or more, with 90% choosing to drive to their destinations.

That's up 4% from last year despite record gas prices. AAA reported Monday the state is seeing an average price of $4.20 per gallon, which is below the national average of $4.57 per gallon. South Dakota experienced its highest-ever average gas price last Friday, when the statewide average was $4.21.

"The roads will be as crowded as they have been over the Memorial Day holiday since before the pandemic,” said Shawn Steward, AAA South Dakota spokesman.

Steward recommends travelers get their vehicles inspected and road-ready before heading out of town. AAA also urges all drivers to have a fully stocked emergency kit in their cars, including things like a first-aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, basic tools, a cell phone car charger, and extra water and snacks for everyone, including pets.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.