Gas prices have been an issue to the common traveler for over 15 years.

With their all-time high averaging $3.60 in 2012, and not to mention that single dreadful day in July 2008 when it hit $4.11, Americans have been no stranger to emptying their pockets for a full tank.

This summer, though, get ready for that all to change. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that this summer, gas prices will average $2.04 per gallon. 

That’s lower than they have been in 12 years.

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“In the United States, slightly more than half of the vehicle-miles driven in a year occur in the six months from April through September. For the full-year 2016, EIA forecasts U.S. regular gasoline prices to average $1.94/gal,” – EIA

 

Without surprise, this increase in driving has to do largely with the summer holidays, falling during the months of April through September. With children out from school and the weather being warmer, people use the majority of their vacation time during these months, making it also around the peak of the tourism season.

Yet, it is important to note that these figures represent the country’s average as a whole, not individual state’s prices. The EIA predicts that gas prices per state will differ from coast to coats, ranging from 1.80 per gallon on the Gulf Coast (which is good for you beach-goers this summer) to $2.51 per gallon on the West Coast (no so great if you’re taking your family to the new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in California).

With all of this in mind, I hope travelers will rethink their concerns about taking a road trip this summer. In addition to lower gas prices being an incentive to get out and go on a trip, the quality time you spend with friends and family traveling by car can be a great bonding experience!