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Driving Roars Back in U.S., Setting Up Gasoline for 7-Year High

  • One prediction pegs 2021 U.S. gasoline consumption at record
  • Pump prices could reach $3 a gallon for first time since 2014
Snowbird season on full display as rationing out of COVID-19 vaccine has become topic of debate

Photographer: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

Americans are getting ready to rekindle their love affair with the open road, unleashing a full-fledged recovery for gasoline that could send demand to a record.

Traffic is already roaring back in cities like Houston as offices reopen. Things will really start taking off this summer as pent-up travel demand finally busts out thanks to the increase in vaccinations. After almost half of Americans ended up canceling trips in 2020, many are planning to take an extra week of vacation this year to make up for lost time. Theme parks are gearing up for an influx of visitors, and attendance at national parks is expected to swell.