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Experts expect crowded roads as gas prices continue to fall

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Gas prices went below $3.50 per gallon nationally in July. Gas prices went below $3.50 per gallon nationally in July.

With so many people traveling on the road, that means there will be a lot of people fueling up. While prices are up from one year ago, they've gone down in the past couple of weeks. That can make the lure of an open road more enticing for holiday travelers.

"We're actually traveling through to South Dakota. We're going to stop at Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse," said Gina Civey of Caledonia, Mo.

Nowadays, with higher gas prices—up 13 cents from a year ago—some are planning a bit more before they fill up.

"It's getting cheaper as we come north and I know when we go west, it's going to be different and we're going to have to try to fill up before we get to the other part of the state," said Eileen Roybal of Georgetown, Texas.

According to AAA, gas prices are down across the country, after a higher start to the spring driving season. In the last week alone, prices nationally have dipped by eight cents to just below $3.50 per gallon.

"It was artificially high, due to a significant number of refineries that were closed during the switchover from the winter- to the summer-grade fuel," said Gail Weinholzer, spokesperson for AAA in Minnesota and Iowa.

AAA says prices have settled for now, but its representatives believe two primary factors, Middle East tension and hurricane season, could cause those figures to rise.

"I would not anticipate any further decline. Prices have pretty well stabilized and I would expect them to stay that way, with those two issues that I highlighted that we need to keep an eye on," said Weinholzer.

Weinholzer says fewer people hit the roadways over Memorial Day this year, but she expects there to be upwards of 35 million people on the road for the 4th.

And many of them might be traveling a bit more as well.

"We bought a different car, too, that gets better mileage, so that helps. Now, we're feeling healthy enough, we're going to travel a little more," said Roger Schwab of Granada, Minn.

Gas prices in all three Siouxland states are higher than they were a year ago. In Nebraska prices are up 3 cents from one year ago, at $3.45 per gallon. In South Dakota, it's also up 3 cents at $3.55 per gallon. Iowa has the biggest difference statewide. It's 9 cents per gallon higher than one year ago, at $3.44 per gallon.

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