More than 46 million Americans are expected to travel some distance to get to Thanksgiving dinner this week. That's the most since before the great recession. And while the traffic and weather may not be cooperating, at least gas prices are down.
The national average for gasoline dipped under $3 last month, for the first time in nearly four years. But Pat Moody with AAA of Northern New England says New England in general, and Vermont in particular are unfortunately above average. "We're still paying over $3 a gallon in Vermont," says Moody. "We've seen this in the past where it's less responsive when gas prices fall." Some reasons for that, according to Moody, are a smaller population which draws lower volumes of fuel into the state, and fewer gas stations to create competition for prices.
But Vermonters, take heart: Prices are expected to drop even lower in the coming months. And, if you're among those 46.3 million Americans traveling more than 50 miles this week, you may be headed through New Hampshire, where gas is averaging about $2.85 a gallon.