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Low oil prices could help shore up some states’ coffers, since increased driving brought on by cheap fuel will also result in more gas tax revenue.
But the relationship between prices and number of drivers used to be closer.
An estimated 36.1 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this holiday weekend, the highest total since the recession, AAA forecasts.
While autonomous driving is a major theme at the International CES gadget show, cars that use futuristic sources of energy are potentially much closer on the horizon.
Motorists who shop around will be able to find gasoline for under $3 a gallon next week in most of the country.
Drivers appear to be altering their idea of “too high” when it comes to gasoline prices after years of seeing steady hikes at the pump.
Texas drivers spent 7.3 percent of their income on gasoline in 2011, making them among the most vulnerable motorists nationwide to climbing fuel prices, according to a report issued Monday.
After four weeks of decline, gasoline prices changed course this week rising 4 cents to $3.18 per gallon in Houston, according to AAA Texas.
A state Commerce Department official says many North Dakotans who drive so-called “flex-fuel” vehicles don’t even know it.
Drivers will account for a greater share of Americans traveling around the Labor Day holiday as a faltering economic recovery crimps travel plans.