Gas prices down for high Thanksgiving travel


First Posted: 11/24/2014

LIMA — Gas prices were down across the board in Lima on Monday and this week, the lows may mean more travel for Turkey Day.

AAA Travel estimates that more Americans will travel this year for Thanksgiving than in almost seven years.

The travel organization said about 46.3 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home, the most since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase from 2013, according to the organization’s website.

Travelers coming from Lima will get to gas up at about $2.66 a gallon, which is down 3.4 cents compared to Sunday, 12.6 cents compared to last week, 22.7 cents compared to October and 53.1 cents from 2013’s average, according to prices reported by GasBuddy.com.

Lima residents aren’t the only ones who can travel cheaper this season, as AAA said 90 percent of travelers will enjoy the lowest gas prices in the past five years as they travel from Wednesday through Sunday.

Locally, Hardin County had the lowest gas prices for the third week in a row, coming in at $2.63, with Allen County close behind at $2.66. After Allen, Auglaize County had the lowest price at the pump with $2.71. Following that was Putnam County ($2.73 a gallon) and Hancock and Van Wert counties ($2.76).

Ohio prices were down across the board as well. Coming in at $2.73 on Monday morning, prices were down 2.7 cents from Sunday, 12.8 cents from last week, 25.4 cents from October and 49.1 cents from last year’s average.