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Falling gas prices spurs holiday weekend rush

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CHARLOTTE -- Millions of Americans are hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend. AAA of the Carolinas estimates 1 million people across North Carolina are expected to travel this holiday and 88 percent of them will drive.

With gas prices approaching the $4 mark just a few short weeks ago, Shakur Asomugha was worried he wouldn't have the money to visit his grandparents in Taylorsville this Memorial Day. But that's all changed he said thanks to falling gas prices.

"They're starting to go down now that's why I'm trying to fill up my car," he said.

Tom Crosby with AAA of the Carolinas says the amount of travelers this weekend is expected to jump 2 percent from last year.

"Really is getting some people behind the wheel that weren't planning to travel," he said.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Greensboro is $3.46. In Raleigh it's hovering around $3.52, $3.50 in Wilmington and $3.54 in Charlotte.

"We're seeing the Euro is not strong against the dollar," said Crosby. "We're seeing a lot of the overseas economies kind of pulling back. Our supply is ample."

It's adding up to big savings at the pump for drivers like Jeannie Pigg who filled up to go to Raleigh.

"I know they were going down that's why I rode by here," she said.

But Crosby warned don't get too comfortable with these prices. "[It] doesn't mean it would always stay this way," he said. "Our biggest fear right now is something like a hurricane hitting the gulf."

If that happens, prices could spike again. But for now Crosby says sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Even the North Carolina Department of Transportation is cooperating. Officials announced they're suspending road work in most areas across the state, to ease delays and congestion.

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