When more drivers hit the road in summer months, demand for gas, and therefore prices, normally tick up. Not this year.
Fuel price tracker GasBuddy is predicting a national average of $2.27 per gallon this weekend, down significantly from $3.66 two years ago. Senior analyst at GasBuddy Gregg Laskoski said motorists are making the most of affordable gas.
"That's really serving as a catalyst for national leisure travel," Laskoski told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" Friday. "So people are just instinctively saying, 'You know what, the prices aren't going to get much better than what we see now, let's just hit the road.'"
Consumers can thank an oversupplied global oil market for the lingering low prices, Laskoski said.
"That's one of the reasons why crude oil prices have much more downward pressure right now," he said. "Even with consumer demand for gasoline as high as it is."