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Lower Gas Prices Greet Holiday Travelers for Thanksgiving 2016

thankyoulordWe are less than two days away from “Turkey Day” and Thanksgiving travelers are preparing to hit the roads (vehicles and buses), rails (trains), sky (airplanes), and water (boats). This week’s travelers are in for a special treat! Why? Because today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.13 – six cents less than last year’s average ($2.09) and about $0.66 less than two years ago ($2.79). [Source: American Automobile Association (AAA)]

AAA is projecting that this will be the busiest Thanksgiving travel season in nine years. An estimated 48.7 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their homes between Wednesday and Sunday. This is an increase of 1 million persons over last year.  An improving economy is cited as a major factor for the increase.

Of those hitting the road, 43.5 million (89 %) will be making the trip by car. Still on the fence about taking a Thanksgiving trip? Here are the current average prices for gasoline and diesel across the United States (Source: AAA):

  Regular Mid-grade Premium Diesel
Today’s Prices $2.132 $2.418 $2.664 $2.384

Remember, with more people traveling comes more traffic jams and accidents. Planning ahead may help many travelers avoid both. Last but not least, don’t forget to say thank you to those you love, and also to those who are working to make your trip as trouble free as possible.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy motoring!!!


About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.


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