Thanksgiving fuel costs highest recorded however Individuals nonetheless hitting the highway


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Gasoline costs over Thanksgiving 2022 are the very best ever recorded, in keeping with AAA. Nevertheless, that is not stopping Individuals from touring over the lengthy vacation weekend. 

The nationwide common value for an everyday gallon of gasoline is about $3.60, the very best determine for Thanksgiving since AAA has been monitoring this knowledge since 2000. 

Final yr, prices had been nonetheless elevated, sitting round $3.40, in keeping with AAA. Gasoline was additionally promoting at that degree in 2012. Traditionally, AAA knowledge reveals that the nationwide common is extra like $2.50 this time of yr.


Presently, costs are a nonetheless a greenback greater than pre-pandemic instances in 2019. Nevertheless, the nationwide common on the pump has dropped considerably since hitting an all-time file excessive of about $5 a gallon in early June, which was partly pushed by much less international refining capability and sanctions introduced on by Russia’s warfare on Ukraine.

California gas prices

Chevron fuel station shows the worth per gallon at over $7 in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 22, 2022. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP through Getty Photos) / Getty Photos)

Costs have already fallen nearly 15 cents since final week and will hold declining due to decrease demand and failing oil costs, AAA spokesperson Andy Gross instructed Wholesome Dwelling Crew. 

The oil market has been reacting to the rise of coronavirus instances in China, which has already brought on a slowdown in Chinese language enterprise exercise. 


Whatever the elevated pump costs, Individuals have confirmed that they’re nonetheless decided to hit the highway for the vacation. 

In actual fact, 20% extra motorists plan to hit the highway this yr, in keeping with a current GasBuddy report. 


This yr, 38% of Individuals plan to journey, in keeping with GasBuddy knowledge. Over 60% say they do not plan to journey with 20% of them blaming fuel costs for the explanation. 

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Individuals “are proving that whereas we’ll overtly complain about excessive fuel costs, most of us aren’t deterred from taking to the highways to watch Thanksgiving with those who matter most to us, particularly as precautions from the pandemic have eased,” Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum evaluation at GasBuddy, stated. 

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