Idaho gas prices rising ahead of solar eclipse crowds









IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Gas prices are on the rise ahead of the Great American Eclipse and now officials are encouraging people traveling to or living in the path of totality to keep a full tank of gas to help avoid higher prices and long lines at the pump.

“It’s been another strong summer for travel activity, with no immediate signs of letting up,” says Matthew Conde, public affairs director for AAA Idaho. “The eclipse and Labor Day travel could provide a one-two punch that keeps gas prices moving higher for the foreseeable future.”

Gas prices throughout the nation are also on the rise. A gallon of gas currently costs $2.35, which is ten cents higher than in July and 23 cents higher than in 2016.

Currently, the average price of gas in the state of Idaho is $2.65 a gallon, which is 12 cents higher than last month and 21 cents higher than last year.

Officials are also reminding travelers to keep supplies for vehicle repair in their cars.

“If you plan to hit the road, you should also bring an emergency kit complete with a flashlight, batteries, an emergency beacon or reflector, a cell phone charger, and basic first aid supplies,” according to a press release.