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Gas Prices Are Stable This Week of Thanksgiving 2017


Since my last post on gasoline prices three weeks ago, fuel prices rose upward as much as 9 cents before falling back to today’s current national average of $2.542 per gallon for regular grade. While this price is about 40 ¢ higher than a year ago, the good news is that it is less than the highest average this year, $2.677, on September 8, 2017.

If you are planning a road trip for this Thanksgiving holiday week, here are today’s average prices for the following fuel grades [Source: AAA]:

$2.542   Regular

$2.833   Mid-Grade

$3.079   Premium

$2.836   Diesel

$2.102   E85

A new addition to this list is E85. E85 is the abbreviation for the fuel blend of 85% denatured ethanol fuel and 15% gasoline or other hydrocarbon by volume, although the exact ratio of fuel ethanol to hydrocarbon can vary considerably while still carrying the E85 label. The ethanol content is adjusted according to the local climate to maximize engine performance.

The good news for U.S. motorists this Thanksgiving is that you can expect the above prices to remain stable throughout the week barring no flare-ups in the fuel delivery system or major weather events.

Therefore, whether you are traveling across town for your Thanksgiving meal, or flying across country to visit with relatives and friends, happy motoring. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, there is always something to be grateful for.



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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