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AAA WASHINGTON: FUEL PRICES INCREASE FOR FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY

 SEATTLE, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorists planning a holiday trip the Fourth of July weekend will find gas prices slightly higher than during last month's Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to American Automobile Association (AAA) Washington.
 AAA Washington's recent poll of more than 130 service stations in central and western Washington reveals the average price for all grades of self-service fuel rose a cent since the Memorial Day survey, from $1.224 to $1.234. However, this average is 7.8 cents lower than the self-serve average for last year's Independence Day holiday.
 The average price of self-service regular leaded gasoline jumped 1.3 cents a gallon to an average of $1.125; regular unleaded gasoline rose 0.9 cent to $1.188, while premium unleaded increased 1.2 cents to an average of $1.359.
 Throughout most of central and western Washington, self-service regular gasoline price averages ranged between $1.073 and $1.176 a gallon, self-service unleaded between $1.129 and $1.269, and self-service premium gas averaged between $1.272 and $1.401.
 Motorists who patronize full-service pumps can expect to pay an average price of $1.475 for regular, down 0.9 cent from the Memorial Day report. Unleaded full-serve gasoline averaged for $1.542, down 0.2 cent. Premium unleaded gas averaged at $1.659 a gallon, down 1.1 cents.
 Over the upcoming holiday weekend, 89 percent of those central and western Washington stations polled will be open throughout the holiday weekend and 58 percent will be open 24 hours a day.
 National Gas Prices Down From Memorial Day Holiday:
 The American Automobile Association's nationwide survey of fuel prices conducted June 22, shows an average price of $1.123 for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline, a decrease of 0.9 cent from last month's Memorial Day survey.
 The national Independence Day holiday survey also indicates that motorists traveling outside Washington state can expect to pay the most for self-service unleaded gas in Hawaii ($1.512) and the least in Georgia ($0.994). Regionally, prices were lowest in the Southeast ($1.093) and the Mid-Atlantic ($1.097), and highest in the West ($1.214) and New England ($1.146).
 The national survey of self-service regular unleaded prices in the contiguous western states found Nevada reporting the most expensive gas with an average of $1.284 per gallon. Colorado and New Mexico followed with $1.244 and $1.235 respectively. Wyoming reported the lowest price in the West with an average of $1.102 for self-serve unleaded.
 Independence Day Travel to Increase for Fourth Straight Year:
 The American Automobile Association reports that travel this Fourth of July weekend should increase for the fourth year in a row. AAA estimates that 30.9 million Americans will drive 100 miles or more from home this holiday.
 Another 3.4 million Americans will fly, take the train or a bus, down 8 percent from last year when significantly lower airfares encouraged more travelers to fly.
 Auto travel will be up 4 percent over 1992 and a dramatic 55 percent above 1990, when only 20 million drivers took to the nation's roads over a mid-week holiday.
 Twenty-five percent of holiday travelers will visit a major urban area and another 22 percent will go to the beach. Eighteen percent plan on vacationing in smaller towns or rural areas, and 31 percent will head to the mountains, lakes and amusement or theme parks.
 AAA's Fourth of July holiday travel data is based upon a telephone survey of 1,500 adults by the U.S. Travel Data Center.
 Fourth of July Holiday Safety Tips:
 AAA Washington reminds all motorists to include safety in your travel plans during the Fourth of July holiday. AAA Washington has these tips to offer for a safe, fun-filled Independence Day:
 -- Make sure your car is ready for a road trip. Check the coolant level and other fluids -- including brake, oil and transmission. Also check tire pressure, belts and hoses. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge when driving long stretches in hot weather. Take a jug of water in case of engine overheating.
 -- Summer weather isn't always dry and hot. Summer thunder storms can create dangerous, slippery conditions on roads. When the roads are wet, remember to use caution. Slow down, don't make fast turns or lane changes, and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
 -- Make sure all vehicle occupants including the driver have their seat belts securely fastened. Children under five years of age should be in a child safety restraint seat. Children under 12 months of age are required by Washington state law to be secured in an approved child safety restraint seat. If you car has automatic shoulder harnesses, don't forget to use the lap belts.
 -- Be extra alert in areas where people congregate for Fourth of July activities such as parks and campgrounds. Maintain a low speed and watch for pedestrians, especially children, who may dart into the road without looking for traffic. As a pedestrian, wear brightly colored clothing at night so that motorists can see you more easily.
 -- Arid parts of the state and region are especially susceptible to brush and forest fires. Motorists should be extra careful to extinguish cigarettes before properly disposing of them.
 -- If hosting a barbecue or party where alcoholic beverages are being served, encourage guests to drink responsibly and assign guests as designated drivers so that all guests will return home safely. Serve non-alcoholic beverages to designated drivers and guests.
 Area-by-Area Comparison of
 Self-Service Regular Unleaded Fuel Prices
 Independence Day Memorial Day Independence Day
 City 6/30/93 5/26/93 6/29/92
 Bellevue/Eastside 1.160 1.154 1.259
 Bellingham 1.192 1.194 1.237
 Bremerton 1.172 1.164 1.256
 Everett 1.198 1.177 1.270
 Lynnwood 1.152 1.153 1.266
 Olympia 1.204 1.228 1.272
 Renton 1.165 1.163 1.289
 Seattle 1.205 1.176 1.268
 Tacoma 1.175 1.187 1.249
 Tri-Cities 1.269 1.183 1.303
 Vancouver 1.203 1.197 1.288
 Wenatchee 1.226 1.220 1.279
 Yakima 1.129 1.125 1.265
 AVERAGE 1.188 1.179 1.269
 -0- 6/30/93
 /CONTACT: Bruce Olsen or Mark Phelps, 206-448-8468 or 1-800-562- 2582, both of AAA Washington/


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