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AAA Projects Nearly 4 Million Texans Will Be On The Road This Thanksgiving Break

Cheaper prices at the pump this week are a decisive factor. On average, a gallon of unleaded fuel now costs $2.31. That’s down seven cents from the week before.

Better prices at the pump this week are a decisive factor for increased traffic in Texas, according to AAA.

AAA projects that 3.8 million Texans will be driving 50 miles or more to their destination for Thanksgiving, to a great extent because of cheaper prices at the pump this week. On average, a gallon of unleaded fuel now costs $2.31. That’s down seven cents from the week before.

“That’s the most we’ve seen since 2005, and that’s a nearly 5 percent increase from last year,” said AAA spokesperson Daniel Armbruster.

Armbruster explained that “we’ve recently changed over to winter blend gasoline which is cheaper than summer blend,” and added “there’s an abundance of supply in the United States.”

He also said Wednesday is typically considered the busiest travel day of the year, but that’s not the case anymore and the best day to travel is Thursday, Turkey Day itself.

According to AAA, the worst days to travel would be Tuesday night, Wednesday evening and then coming back Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening.

Armbruster said drivers could see higher prices as soon as next month though. OPEC is set to meet in early December to look at ways to reduce the global supply of oil.  

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