Iowans who might be grumbling about the high prices on gasoline may at least be calmed by hearing we’re paying less than most Americans. Daron Van Helden is a spokesman for Triple-A Motor Club in Iowa.He says the current statewide average is a dollar-41 which is 23 cents higher than Labor Day weekend last year. The national average is a dollar-50. Van Helden says the higher gas prices we’ve seen the past several months are having virtually no effect on our driving habits.Triple-A estimates more than 28-million people will be hitting the highways this weekend for trips of 100-miles or more. When air travel is added to the equation, it’s nearly 34-million Americans who’ll be traveling. Van Helden says Iowa motorists can help themselves dramatically by plotting out the course of their trip on a map before they get in the car.While the current statewide average for a gallon of gas is a dollar-41, the Labor Day weekend price in 1998 was only a dollar-two.
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