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Dizzying Gas Prices May Stall Your Summer Road Trip

With fuel averaging $4.59 a gallon nationally, travelers have another reason to consider a staycation.
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Joseph Jones, a 52-year-old history buff, had planned a summer drive from his home in Dallas to Nashville to visit Civil War sites along the way. But after spending $60 to fill up his 2019 Ford Escape recently, he nixed the idea. “I thought, ‘This is insane,’ ” Jones says.

It’s going to be a rough summer for US drivers. Gasoline prices typically rise from April through September: Demand is higher, and fuel grades that are less prone to evaporation—required by environmental regulations—are slightly more expensive to make.