WASHINGTON COUNTY - Just in time for Labor Day weekend getaways, gas prices in Maryland have reached their lowest point in almost five months, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Statewide, the average price for a gallon of self-serve regular was $2.66 on Thursday, 21 cents less than last year. In Hagerstown, the average was $2.71; nationally, it was $2.77.
But despite the lower gas prices, the number of Americans traveling this holiday weekend should be about the same as last year, AAA predicted. About 34.8 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, only a 0.2 percent increase from last year.
"Many Americans perceive travel costs to be more expensive than they were last year and that is not necessarily the case," AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella said.