NEW BRITAIN – The national gas price average for Thanksgiving this year, at $2.10, is shaping up to be the lowest since 2015. It was a nickel cheaper that holiday weekend at $2.05.
“Typically, cheaper gas prices are an incentive for people to travel during a holiday weekend, but that is just not the case this year,” said Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “AAA forecasted a decrease in Thanksgiving travel year-over-year due to increasing covid-19 positive case numbers, renewed quarantine guidelines and the latest CDC guidance. All of this has prompted Americans, who had plans to travel, to reconsider spending the holiday at home.”
Locally, New Britain and Plainville have the lowest price for a gallon of gas, according to gasbuddy.com Tuesday. In New Britain, the lowest price for a gallon is currently $1.79, at three different locations. In Plainville, one location is selling gas for $1.79 a gallon. In Bristol, three gas stations are selling a gallon for $1.88. In Southington, the lowest is $1.85 for a membership station and $1.91 otherwise. In Newington, the lowest is $1.79 for membership and $1.81 otherwise. The lowest price for a gallon of gas in Berlin is $1.82. In Terryville, the lowest is $1.89 for a gallon.
Currently, nearly half of all states have gas price averages that are 50 to 75 cents cheaper than in 2019.
The nation’s top 10 largest yearly decreases, according to AAA, are Nevada (-72 cents), California (-71 cents), Arizona (-70 cents), Idaho (-68 cents), Alaska (-68 cents), Utah (-66 cents), Colorado (-65 cents), Oregon (-64 cents), Indiana (-60 cents) and Washington (-60 cents).
The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets, according to AAA, are Missouri ($1.75), Texas ($1.79), Oklahoma ($1.79), Mississippi ($1.79), Arkansas ($1.82), Louisiana ($1.83), Tennessee ($1.85), Alabama ($1.85), Kansas ($1.86) and South Carolina ($1.87).