Gas prices are down as Thanksgiving travel is underway | Tech US News

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The Automobile Club of Southern California predicts that 4.5 million Southern Californians will travel this year during the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA says that’s a record for the holiday and a 2.5% increase over last year.

AAA adds that for the second year in a row, Southern California travelers will pay the highest gas prices for this time of year when they fill up on their holiday trips.

However, gas prices are falling. AAA reported that the national average for a gallon of gas fell 11 cents last week to $3.66.

In California, the current average for a gallon of regular gas is $5.16, down about 0.25 cents from a week ago. Riverside County averages $5.09 per gallon.

Wednesday afternoon and evening will be the busiest time for Southland freeways, according to transportation analytics firm INRIX. I predict that the busiest local freeway for drivers will be Interstate 5 South from Colorado St. to Florence Ave, where traffic is expected to exceed normal levels by 144% on the afternoon and evening of November 24th.

However, all outbound freeways will likely be congested on the Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons before Thanksgiving. So if you’re driving for the holidays, you should expect more travel time during those periods and plan to leave early.

Watch News Channel 3 at 5pm to hear from local drivers dealing with high petrol prices ahead of the holiday journey.

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