Created: 05/23/2014 7:29 AM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The long winter has more Americans ready to get away for the unofficial start of summer, that's according to AAA.
36 million people are expected to travel this holiday weekend by car or air. That's up slightly from last year.
AAA reports most Americans will pay less for gas prices due to a surplus in oil.
Gas prices vary across the area according to Gas Buddy. The average price in Albert Lea per gallon is $3.45. In Austin, a little higher at $3.49. In Rochester, anywhere from $3.45 to $3.55. The average price in Minnesota is $3.51.
As you hit the road, a reminder the Minnesota State Patrol is in the middle of a seatbelt enforcement.
A record number of Minnesotans are wearing seatbelts these days, but nearly half of all people killed in accidents are not wearing one.