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Gas prices increase for 4th of July

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AAA projects more than 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the fourth of July. As miles on the road add up this weekend, AAA says gas prices will too.

The current price for a gallon of gas is $3.68. That's 20 cents more compared to July 4th last year. AAA says the increase is not surprising.

AAA spokeswoman for Montana Kaelyn Kelly said, "We did expect to see this just because of all the political conflict happening in Iraq, which is a major oil producing area. When you look at the price of crude oil this is not something that was not predicted."

 Kelly says although gas prices are increasing, Montana families are still hitting the road.

"Consumers are still being pretty cautious when it comes to spending a lot of their money when their traveling for the holidays," Kelly said. "For many people its just cheaper to take a road trip where ever they're going rather than flying across the country to visit friends and family who are more distant."

Despite how wise consumers are with their summer budget, there are some ways you can save at the pump by using a few helpful resources.

If you already know your destination, you can visit AAA's fuel gauge report website to generate an estimated cost of your trip. Select the city you're leaving from...the location of your destination, and the make of your vehicle. There you will find an estimate of your fuel cost for one way and round trip.

There's also This website helps you find the cheapest gas in your area. Just search the city you're in and you'll find a list of the gas prices around you. You can even install gas buddy as an app on your phone, where you won't only find the cheapest gas near you, but also locate the closest gas station based on your location.

By using these resources, montana families could save a little money on the road.


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