Gas prices in Texas set to be cheapest for Thanksgiving in 12 years

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By Talk 1370

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Texas drivers will see some of the cheapest gas prices for Thanksgiving Day in 12 years, according to AAA Texas' Weekend Gas Watch.

Across the Austin metro area, drivers are paying an average of $1.75 a gallon, which is one cent cheaper than last week and 47 cents cheaper than this time a year ago. Statewide, the average has dropped one cent this week to $1.79, which is 47 cents cheaper than this time last year.

Drivers in El Paso continue to see the state's highest average at $2.06, while drivers in Amarillo are seeing the state's lowest average at $1.65 a gallon.

Nationwide, drivers are paying an average of $2.11 a gallon, which is one cent cheaper than last week and 48 cents cheaper than last year.

"Even with Texans filling up with the cheapest gas for Thanksgiving in 12 years, AAA anticipates the largest year-to-year decline in travel volume since the Great Recession," AAA Texas' Daniel Armbruster said. "Typically falling gas prices would motivate more people to travel, but given the rising number of COVID-19 cases across Texas and the U.S., that will not be the reality this year."

AAA estimates that 3.9 million Texans are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, down from last year's forecast of 4.2 million.