Pump patrol: Holiday drivers will surely be ‘thankful’ for these falling gas prices

ORLANDO, Fla. — Gas prices are falling ahead of the Thanksgiving travel rush.


On Monday, AAA reported the average cost for a gallon of gas in Florida at $3.45 -- down 10 cents from one week ago.

The auto giant said prices are likely to keep dropping into the holiday weekend.

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“Florida drivers may have something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving,” AAA’s Mark Jenkins said. “Gas prices could ultimately fall 20-30 cents per gallon. The downturn is being driven by strong refinery output, which led to a big gain in gasoline supplies,” Jenkins added.

AAA forecasts that 91% of the nearly 3 million Floridians who plan to travel during the upcoming holiday weekend will drive.

Locally, Lake County had the cheapest on Monday, averaging $3.41 a gallon.

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Here are some ways to save on gasoline, according to AAA:

  • Combine errands to limit driving time.
  • Pay with cash — some retailers charge extra per gallon for customers who pay with a credit card.
  • Remove excess weight in your vehicle — every 100 pounds taken out of the vehicle improves fuel economy by 1% to 2%.
  • Drive conservatively — aggressive acceleration and speeding reduces fuel economy.
  • Shop around for the best gas prices — to check prices in your neighborhood, click here.

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