Gail Weinholzer, at Triple-A-Iowa, predicts the cheaper pump prices will mean a big boost in next weekend’s number of vacation travelers hitting the highways.
The motor club predicts about 700-thousand more people will travel nationwide next weekend than a year ago. Of the forecast 38-million travelers, a record of almost 34-million — or around 90-percent — will be in motor vehicles, which is why gas prices are a key factor.
The national average is $2.26, about four cents higher than Iowa’s average. Some of the state’s cheapest gas can be found in Sheldon at $2.09 a gallon, while the most expensive gas is in Des Moines at $2.33.