Gas prices up ahead of July 4th holiday weekend

Gas prices for the summer season have hit

Gas prices for the summer season have hit a six-year high, and drivers are already starting to feel the pain at the pumps, just one week before the Fourth of July weekend. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

UNION TOWNSHIP - Gas prices for the summer season have hit a six-year high, and drivers are already starting to feel the pain at the pumps, just one week before the Fourth of July weekend.

The national average is at $3.68 a gallon. In Union Township, a gallon of regular unleaded is at $3.60. For this time of year, it's as high as it's been since the summer of 2008.

The price has increased for 12 consecutive days through Monday, pushing gas 15 cents more than this time a year ago. 

Prices are just two cents off from a peak of $3.70 reached back on April 28. 

It's bad timing for Travis Tackett, whose wife is pregnant, and due Wednesday. His family is driving here from Ohio. "Everyone needs gas," he says. "No matter what the price, is we're going to pay it."

Indicators are more people are traveling by car this summer. AAA says that number is up 14 percent from Memorial Day weekend. 

It's also getting more costly to fill up service vehicles like ambulances.

The state average is currently $3.57 a gallon, up from $3.38 during the same week a year ago.

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