Sojourners are expected to enjoy savings this week during their holiday travels.
“The price of gas has dipped slightly over the past week, in time for the holiday,” AAA Central Penn Spokesperson Jason Kirsch told The Daily News.
In a recent news release, AAA reported the national average for a gallon of gasoline dropped 11 cents in the past week.
According to AAA data, the average price per gallon in Pennsylvania is $4.03 and $4.10 in Huntingdon County.
The news release further reported that, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand fell from 9.01 million to 8.74 million (barrels per day) last week. Increasing supply and fewer drivers fueling up have pushed pump prices lower. As demand remains low … drivers will likely see pump prices dip through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Kirsh said, starting today, Wednesday, Nov. 23, approximately 54.6 million people will take to the roads nationwide.
“The day before Thanksgiving through Sunday after Thanksgiving is the Thanksgiving holiday travel season,” Kirsh said. “An estimated 1.7 million people are expected to travel … in Pennsylvania this year, up from about 1.9% from 2021.”
Kirsh recommends avoiding the roads between 4-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and not driving over the speed limit.
“To avoid the most hectic times, travel early in the morning Wednesday or before 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day,” Kirsh said. “On the highway, aerodynamic drag causes fuel economy to drop off significantly as speeds increase above 50 mph.”
Kirsh also suggested breaking up long road trips.
“Driving for a long period of time can result in fatigue,” Kirsh said. “Build in time to take a break along your route to walk around or have a snack.”
To avoid the dangers of drowsy driving, AAA recommends scheduling a break for every two hours or 100 miles or taking turns driving with an alert driver to keep a fresh pair of eyes in the driver’s seat.
Kirsh also recommended other preparations to make the most of traveling a long distance this holiday weekend.
“Fast food may be convenient, but it isn’t necessarily cheap,” Kirsh said. “Bring your own lunch or snacks to enjoy during your rest stops to save money during a long road trip. (Also,) get a good night’s rest. Hundreds of people die each year from drowsy-driving incidents.”
Getting enough sleep the night before a road trip is crucial to having a safe trip. (Remember to) check a vehicle, including tires, fluids, brakes, lights, and belts and hoses (and) make sure to know what weather one might be encountering during a trip.
Consider changing travel plans to accommodate any hazardous weather.
Even if using GPS, it’s still important to review a route before driving.
“Confusing areas will be easier to figure out when you’re not at the wheel,” said Kirsch.
Though gas prices have decreased over the past week, they’ve increased since previous Thanksgiving holidays.
According to the EIA website, the price per gallon was $3.10 in 2021 and $2.26 in 2020. The American Petroleum Institute website stipulates that petroleum prices are determined by market forces of supply and demand, not individual companies. The price of crude oil is the primary determinant of the price we pay at the pump.