• Home
  • Food prices
  • ‘Outrageous’ gas, food prices keep some in DC area home for holiday weekend – NBC4 Washington

‘Outrageous’ gas, food prices keep some in DC area home for holiday weekend – NBC4 Washington

By on May 27, 2022 0

Whether traveling for Memorial Day weekend or staying close to home, many DC-area drivers say high gas prices are affecting their plans.

“The trip had to end. You know, normally we go down south, but this year we’ll stay home and maybe put something on the grill,” Cyrille Tchouante told News4 on Friday.

Tchouante said his family is struggling with prices at the pump.

“Ugh. It’s crazy right now, you know, and knowing that we drive every day from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Gas prices [are] kill us,” he said.

Travel groups are still predicting that a large number of people in the DC area will take a road trip, despite the record prices.

According to AAA, 958,000 residents of the DC metro area will run 50 miles or more this weekend. That’s about 5% more travelers than last year’s Memorial Day weekend.

But News4 has spoken to several people who say they won’t be going anywhere.

“This weekend is going to be home. The prices are just outrageous for everything in every way,” one woman said.

Costs are about to get worse for drivers refueling in Maryland. There will be an automatic increase of almost 7 cents per gallon in the state gasoline tax in July.

Officials and lawmakers have debated whether to delay the gas tax increase.

“I would tell them to stop playing and try to solve this problem because it’s driving up the price of everything. Everything is getting expensive. Food is expensive. It’s crazy here,” driver Boris Fogwe said.

Some who travel said they were making changes to the trip to offset some of the increased cost.

“We actually made sandwiches to eat on the way up rather than stopping and grabbing something to eat,” Dave Williams said.

Williams and his wife, Barbara Williams, said they are determined to see their grandchildren whether gas prices are high or not.

“It doesn’t stop me from seeing the grandkids. Not at all. Nothing will stop me,” Barbara Williams said.