DeHaan: Gas Prices Close to Highest-ever National Average for Thanksgiving
Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site PennsylvaniaGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Pennsylvania during the past week, prices yesterday were 20.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 18.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 26.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 6.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
“With Thanksgiving just days away, Americans will be hitting major thoroughfares en masse. While gasoline prices have dropped in the last month-and-a-half, the national average will still come close to breaking a record – the highest-ever national average for Thanksgiving,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
“I don’t really see how gas prices could greatly improve between now and Christmas, given the new military action in the Middle East, and other pressures. It’s all but certain the national average will not drop under $3.25 per gallon, which could lead to a perilous start to 2013,” DeHaan said.
GasBuddy operates PennsylvaniaGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar Web sites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 20 million times to help motorists find gasoline prices in their area. In Pennsylvania, GasBuddy tracks price changes at 5,269 retail outlets.