“With Labor Day approaching, motorists could see a small swing toward higher gas prices, but any jump should not last past the holiday weekend,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokeswoman.
The current national average for a gallon of regular gasoline sits at $2.84, the AAA Fuel Gauge Report indicates. In Indiana, the average cost per gallon of regular fuel is $2.821 and in Illinois, that average cost is $2.874 with Cook County coming in at $3.10 per gallon.
GasBuddy predicts the average gas price over the Labor Day weekend will remain at $2.84 per gallon. That’s a 20 cent increase over Labor Day 2017, notes Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.
“It’s been consistently a more painful summer at the pump than what we’ve been accustomed to when compared to the last few years,” DeHaan said. “Without major hurricanes, we should continue to see prices gently decline in the weeks ahead as demand begins to slow into the autumn, wrapping up the priciest summer at the pump since 2014.”
What will continue throughout the Labor Day weekend and beyond are road construction and lane closures that will create some challenges for motorists