Even $3-a-gallon gasoline won't throw a roadblock in the way of the family driving vacation this summer, the government's top energy forecasting agency said Wednesday. But an Internet survey found that high fuel prices were taking a toll on summer travel arrangements.
The federal Energy Information Administration gave its summer driving update on the same day a new poll showed that high pump prices were affecting plans of 72% of Americans taking a road trip this summer. The poll, by Internet map service MapQuest Inc., said nearly 1 in 10 respondents planned to cancel trips because of expensive gasoline.
The average price for regular unleaded gasoline jumped 3.8 cents last week to $2.95 a gallon, after declining the previous week for the first time in a month and a half.
Spot gasoline prices, which are close to wholesale prices, peaked at a level last week that indicated pump costs would keep rising, the agency said.