Gas Prices Rise for Holiday Travel; Less Than Last Year

Gas prices are heading up just as drivers are preparing to get away for Thanksgiving.

About 43.4 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend.

AAA reports the average price in D.C. is $3.50 per gallon for regular gas. That's up 10 cents from last week.

In Maryland, prices are also up 10 cents to $3.39 per gallon. In Virginia, it is 10 cents higher as well, checking in at $3.21 per gallon.

In West Virginia, the average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.36, up for four cents from last week’s price.

"After nearly three months of steady declines, gas prices have seen an uptick in recent days, thought motorists will likely pay the lowest price at Thanksgiving in three years," said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson John B. Townsend. "Our best estimation is that gas prices have not reached a low for the year, however, prices could rise another 5-10 cents in the short term before falling again through the end of the year."

The national average price rose four cents for the week, but 19 cents less than last year. The recent uptick in prices, according to AAA, is mostly due to refinery issues in the Gulf Coast region. The price increase is expected to be short-lived.

AAA has a variety of resources to help drivers save on fuel:

• Fuel Price Finder ( locates the lowest fuel price in your area.
• Fuel Cost Calculator ( helps budget travel expenses.
• TripTik Mobile ( plots fuel prices along your travel route.

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