ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Easter weekend has thousands of stateliners hopping on the highway to visit relatives, but before families start their egg hunts, they may want to start hunting for lower prices at the pump. With gas prices soaring as of late, it's keeping many drivers from to putting extra miles on their vehicles and rethinking their holiday plans.
"We do much less traveling than we used to. Especially this last year we've seen a big decrease in how much we go out. We've definitely seen how much the price of gas has made it hard for us to travel”, says traveler Hilary Hofstetter.
The price per gallon is topping the $4.01 mark locally, up 17 cents from a month ago and 24 cents from a year ago, continuing the most expensive April ever at gas stations. National experts with triple a believe the price could increase a little more by the time Sunday rolls around, a risk some travelers are willing to take.
Another traveler, Donald Murbach, says, "It's real ridiculous. It goes up for no reason. Just the holiday? That doesn't make sense, but you gotta pay what you gotta pay. It's just the way it is unfortunately."
Illinois' gas prices remain among the worst in the U.S., coming in at an average of $4.18, that's the fifth highest and well above the national average of $3.91.