VICTORVILLE — Fuel experts predict millions of commuters will enjoy cheaper prices at the pump as Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday travel weekend and season.
As motorists hit the road this Thanksgiving, gas prices continue to fall across much of the nation, with prices dropping about six cents in San Bernardino County over the last week, according to GasBuddy.com.
The average price in the county was $2.73 on Tuesday, with a drop of about 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week. The state average is $2.69, with the national average coming in at $2.14, a drop of about 3 cents per gallon in the last week.
In the High Desert, Victorville boasts the lowest prices at the pump, with Costco on Valley Center Drive and MA Food & Gas on Seventh Street advertising gas for just under $2.44 on Tuesday, GasBuddy reported.
"With a record amount of travelers, motorists will be facing congestion not only on highways but at gas stations," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.
An expected, 43.5 million Americans will take a road trip this Thanksgiving and drivers will pay the second-cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008, when the national average was $1.85, the Automobile Association of America reported.
"I thought prices would be way over $3 a gallon by now, but they've been pretty low all year long," said David Mercer, 37, of Oak Hills. "We plan on taking our RV to Las Vegas this weekend and the low cost of fuel will be very nice."
Mercer told the Daily Press he thought President-elect Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton two weeks ago would cause fuel prices "to skyrocket."
Prices in Southern California could potentially be impacted later in the month due to a fire at a refinery in Torrance last week, according to AAA.
DeHaan said OPEC may decide to cut oil production over the holiday weekend, but said no matter what eventually takes place, most motorists are “virtually guaranteed another year of gas prices that will remain well under all-time record highs as oil prices will likely remain confined between $40 and $60 for much of the next year.”
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