AAA of Oregon says next week there will be lots of Thanksgiving travelers, more than last year, and most will be driving, not flying.
Marie Dodds with Oregon AAA says gasoline prices are actually lower than they were for last year's Thanksgiving. Thursday morning Dodds was a guest on 1110 KBND's morning news. She says prices in the Bend area are actually lower than the statewide average right now.
"we're at $3.53 in bend that's down by 18 cents in the last week- in bend a month ago we were at $4.15 and we've dropped below the year ago price which Was $3.71 in bend and we've beat the statewide average which is $3.50 in bend and $3.58 for the statewide average and that's down a dime."
Both the Oregon and National averages are at their lowest level since mid July. The national average for regular unleaded as of Tuesday was 3.44 a gallon. In Oregon, AAA projects pump prices will be around $3.45 to $3.60 on average next week. And roughly $3.25 to $3.45 by the end of the year. That's barring any unforeseen circumstances.
"AND THIS IS THE 4TH WEEK IN A ROW THAT DRIVERS IN OREGON ARE ENJOYING A 4TH WEEK DOUBLE DIGIT DECREASES IN GAS PRICES- SO THAT'S WELCOME NEWS - ESPECAILLY AS WE GO INTO THE HOLIDAYS AND BUSY TRAVEL TIME.
Dodds also says gasoline prices in Bend are about 20 cents lower than they were this time of year in 2011. As of Thursday morning, Gas Buddy was reporting the lowest rate in Bend at 3.39 at two Arco stations. Dodds also says some of the gas supply issues have been getting better in the New York area in the wake of Sandy. The entire interview with Marie Dodds is available on the KBND website under the Your Town Podcast.