COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Tourism is a vital part of Branch County’s diverse economic mix, especially in the summer season. Right now though, travelers are more than likely to be headed to out of county destinations and indications are pointing to this spring being even busier than last year, in spite of sometimes higher gasoline prices. With spring break just about upon us, Michigan Triple A is expecting a busy travel period. The organization's Nancy Cain says that a wider variety of people take advantage of getting away from mid-March through mid-April. She says it helps that more people have extra money to spend than they did last year. Cain adds that spring break used to be just about students, but now you’ve got families, even multi-generations of folks heading to Florida. Anyone hitting the road in the next few weeks should also remember -- Michigan police are in the midst of a crackdown on drunk driving. They want you to know that if you get caught, you will go to jail. When it comes to gas prices, they continue to make no sense.
We've been on a roller coaster lately with Cain pointing out that prices were on the decline as recently as last week. Then, this week, the average price for a gallon of regular shot up about 30 cents in just a few days. Cain says there could be several reasons why that's so -- ranging from the switch to summer gasoline blends, to refinery issues. She says that if you see a station where gas is cheaper, stop and fill up there while you can.