Thanksgiving gas prices projected to be highest in five years, travelers say it won’t impede plans

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS– For those planning to gas up for Thanksgiving, according to Gas Buddy, Monday may be your best bet to make your penny go that extra mile. Gas prices have been falling and millions are projected to hit the road during the holidays.

“I hear that they’re going to be up, but like, what can we do?” said Mauro Billa. “You know? We have to keep going. We have to have gas.”

Yet gas prices on Thanksgiving are likely to be the highest it’s been since Thanksgiving 2014. According to GasBuddy’s Annual Holiday Travel Survey, 30% of participants said high gas prices were impacting their travel plans, a 2% decrease from last year. 2019 is expected to see a 7% increase in travelers on the road for Thanksgiving compared to 2018, with more than half of drivers having 1-2 passengers in the car with them. Nearly one-fifth of drivers expect to spend 4-6 hours in the car.

Still, travelers say they’ll pay the money to see family.

“The holidays, they only come around once every year you know, so it’s good to celebrate together and stay together with them,” said Billa. “That’s important.”

Aggressive driving habits like speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking as they can cost drivers up to an extra $477 per year in fuel consumption.

About GasBuddy GasBuddy’s mission is to help consumers avoid paying full price for fuel. As the leading source for crowdsourced, real-time fuel prices at more than 150,000 gas station convenience stores in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, millions of drivers use the GasBuddy app and website every day to find gas station convenience stores based on fuel prices, location, and ratings/reviews. GasBuddy’s first-of-its-kind fuel savings program, Pay with GasBuddy, has saved Americans more than $10 million at the pumps since its launch in 2017. The company’s business solutions suite, GasBuddy Business Pages, provides Fuel Marketers and Retailers their best opportunity to maintain their station information, manage their brand, and promote to their target consumer audience. For more information, visit

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