Summer driving season kicks off with lower gas prices

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RICHMOND, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The summer driving season is kicking off, and AAA Mid-Atlantic says gas prices are at 11-year lows.

Across the nation, the average price per gallon of gas is $2.36, but last year it was $2.76.

AAA also says this is the first time in 36 weeks that the cost of gas is above $2 in all regions of the United States.

In Virginia, the average price per gallon is $2.20, 34 cents below this time last year.

"Lower prices at the pump have contributed to the largest year-over-year growth in vehicle miles traveled in the northeast," said Martha Meade, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "This growth in demand appears to be offset by the region's abundant supply, which should help keep a lid on prices as we enter the busy summer driving season."

However, prices can be impacted by the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which officially starting last week.

Should any severe storms or hurricanes make landfall, production, refining and distribution of fuel could be impacted, leading to price spikes in regional markets.

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