Trump finally completes $1 million veterans' donation
Small businesses are easy state tax scam targets
3 ways entrepreneurs can spot fake tax notices and liens

Memorial Day motorists expected to jam highways
Low pump prices cited for holiday driving trend, but look out for high state gas taxes & fees

If you're reading this post, thanks. You could be out there on the road, getting a head start on the long Memorial Day weekend.

National Lampoon's Vacation with the GriswoldsClick image for 20 things you probably didn't know about "National Lampoon's Vacation"

The annual three-day weekend at the end of every May is the traditional, although unofficial, start of the summer vacation season. And most of still take our mid-year trips in our autos.

Near record on the road: AAA expects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That's about 700,000 more motorists this May 26-30 compared to the holiday weekend last year.

If AAA's 2016 projection holds true, it also will be the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005.

The turn to road travel this year is prompted in part by the hassles at the nation's airports. But the biggest motivator, says AAA, is gasoline prices that are at their lowest in more than a decade.

"The great American road trip is officially back thanks to low gas prices, and millions of people from coast to coast are ready to kick off summer with a Memorial Day getaway," says Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO.

AAA estimates that Americans have saved more than $15 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015.

Gas taxes add to pump prices: Although drivers are enjoying low pump prices, be aware of regional and state differences as you travel.

Taxes are one of the reasons for the variations in what a gallon of gasoline costs from state to state.

The federal gas tax has been stalled since 1993 at 18.4 cents per gallon. States, however, have more flexibility on charges they add to fuel, from excise taxes to a variety of fees.

This week's featured tax tip looks at the 10 states with the highest combined federal and state gasoline taxes. They are, highest taxes and fees listed first:

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Washington
  3. New York
  4. Hawaii
  5. California
  6. Connecticut
  7. Florida
  8. North Carolina
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Nevada

The full tip over at provides details on why these states are atop the American Petroleum Institute's (API) latest quarterly survey, published April 1.

Above, below average gas taxes: During the first quarter of 2016, API found the national average gas tax was 48.04 cents per gallon (cpg). That's down from 48.85 cpg during the first three months of 2015.

This year, 23 states have gas taxes and fees that are greater than 48.04 cpg.

23 states with gas taxes-fees above 2016 national average_API graph

If you're not hitting the highways in those 23 states, the API map below gives you an overview of what you can expect to see added to the gasoline elsewhere across the country.

API April 2016 gasoline excise taxes US mapAPI Disclaimer: This report is posted for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon or used for compliance purposes.

Depending on where you're driving this Memorial Day holiday, budget accordingly.

And drive safely on this long -- and crowded -- holiday weekend, as well as every time you are behind the wheel.

You also might find these items of interest:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

daniel karanja

good advice to those who are travelling over the summer.

The comments to this entry are closed.