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Arizona gas prices drop heading into Thanksgiving holiday weekend

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PHOENIX — Drivers hitting the road in Arizona for Thanksgiving are spending 70 cents less per gallon than they did for the 2019 holiday.

Gas prices in Arizona fell over the last week to a state-wide average of $2.22 per gallon.

Nationally, the average price of gas is $2.10 per gallon, down 40 cents compared to last year and the lowest since 2015 when it was $2.05.

The coronavirus pandemic has decreased the demand for gas as consumers spend more time at home.

“That could keep prices from climbing in the future, though there is optimism on vaccine trials that could eventually boost demand,” Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy said.

Fewer people are expected to travel this Thanksgiving amid surges in coronavirus cases around the country.

According to AAA Arizona, less than 50 million Americans will embark on a holiday trip, down from 55 million last year.

“The decision to travel is a personal one,” Aldo Vazquez, AAA Arizona spokesperson, said in a press release. “For those who are considering making a trip, the majority will go by car, which provides the flexibility to modify holiday travel plans up until the day of departure.”

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