Millions of drivers embarking on Thanksgiving travel this year will get an early holiday gift: lower gas prices very much like the same time last year.
North America’s largest motorist and leisure travel club reported Nov. 19 the national gas price average as $2.62. That amount is seven cents less than a week ago and the largest one-week decline in pump price this year.
“The nearly 49 million Americans hitting the road for Thanksgiving will find pump prices similar to last year,” Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson says in a press release. “When it comes time to fill-up during the trip, motorists should keep in mind that gas stations along highly traveled routes may find prices more expensive than in town. Before setting out for the long Thanksgiving weekend, AAA recommends motorists download the free AAA Mobile app to find the lowest gas prices in their area.”
Plus, the AAA app can help motorists make travel arrangements, request AAA roadside assistance and help with other resources.
Here are some tips from AAA to help enhance your driving to get better gas mileage:
- Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts.
- Anticipate your stops. When approaching a red light, let your foot off the gas as early as possible.
- Avoid long warm-ups in the morning. They’re unnecessary and waste fuel.
- Maintain recommended tire pressure. Low pressure reduces fuel economy and can damage tires.
- Keep the air filter clean. Clogged filters reduce fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions.
- Drive the speed limit.
For those flying, the Transportation Security Administration is projecting than 25 million travelers will pass through security screening checkpoints nationally from Nov. 16–26.
Travel experts suggest Americans flying home to gobble some turkey consider these tips:
- Select your travel times carefully.
- Get some rest before heading to the airport.
- Wash your hands, often.
- Be prepared – pack snacks and water in case you’re delayed.
- Travel light – If going home just for a weekend, no need to check your luggage. The best option might be packing what you need in a backpack that will fit under seats.
- Charge your devices – Be sure your mobile devices are fully charged before you leave. Don’t let your phone power down on a plane or train. Make sure you take a portable charger for gadgets.