LOS ANGELES (NewsNation) — Gas prices are still on the rise as many Americans prepare to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition, more people vaccinated against COVID are feeling confident about getting on the road, thereby driving up demand.
Monday marked the second record-breaking day in California, where prices have been driven up due to increased crude oil costs and damage to local oil refineries by last month’s severe weather, which put a dent in production and the state’s supply. In Beverly Hills, prices are $5.74 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, which is more than $2 above the national average of $3.42 per gallon.
Despite gas costing over a dollar more per gallon than at this time last year, 90% of people plan to travel by car as their preferred mode of transportation, according to AAA, which says the high prices may stick around through the busy holiday season. They predict more than 48 million Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday.
Meanwhile, gasoline prices aren’t just impacting consumers, they’re affecting airlines. The cost of jet fuel has also increased to about $100 per barrel. Even so, over four million will travel by air, which is an 80% increase compared to this time last year.
AAA offers these recommendations to help plan a trip that meets your needs and comfort level this holiday season:
- Be Patient: Consider booking a flight during nonpeak travel periods to cut down on wait times. Hit the road when there’s less traffic and allow for extra time when traveling to your destination.
- Be Prepared: If your vehicle has been sitting idle, AAA suggests getting an inspection to check key components like the battery, fuel system, tires, brakes and fluid levels.
- Be Protected: As travel restrictions remain in flux, it’s essential to know requirements and recommendations based on your vaccination status, where you’re traveling from and your destination.