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Movers to feel strain at the pump countrywide

With gas prices increasing, movers can expect to pay top dollar.

With gas prices increasing, movers can expect to pay top dollar.

When planning a move, one always needs to take expenses into account. Whether it's paying for storage space or hotel rental fees, moving can put a strain on the wallet. And with the price of gasoline skyrocketing across the country, the cost of moving seems to be getting higher by the week.

According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the national average for a gallon of unleaded fuel is $3.09, 34 cents higher than it was this time last year. But that's the national average. Gas prices can be even higher depending on the area one is moving to. West and East Coast travelers pay the steepest rates in the nation, with California, Washington State, Maine and Rhode Island paying $3.70 a gallon.

There's not much use in putting off a move to avoid the cost of gasoline, however, as experts project prices to continue rising well into 2011. In fact, some experts believe the price of gasoline will reach $4 per gallon come summertime.

The current national average is the highest average the country has seen since October 2008. The cost of gasoline broke records that July, when prices reached $4.11 per gallon for regular.