In many states, gasoline prices are rising before a busy week for vacation travel.
nov. 22 (UPI) – As gas prices rise in the U.S., more people than last year still plan to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, according to AAA.
The car group expects 53.4 million people to travel this year for Thanksgiving. This is an increase of 6.4 million, or 13%, over last year when COVID-19[feminine[feminine led many people to reduce or cancel plans to visit family and friends for the holidays.
AAA said about 48.3 million people will drive somewhere for Thanksgiving and 4.2 million will fly.
In many states, gas prices are rising.
Last week, gasoline prices in California hit a record high, surpassing $ 4,682 per gallon of normal unleaded gasoline, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. On Monday, the price of a gallon of unleaded natural gas was $ 4,706.
In Florida, gas prices in Thanksgiving are expected to be the highest in eight years.
“High gasoline prices are not something drivers will appreciate on this Thanksgiving Day,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for the AAA-The Auto Club Group.
President Joe Biden last week called for an investigation into possible illegal conduct by gas companies, which may be charging more at the bomb than necessary.
In a letter to FTC President Lina Khan, Biden said: “The end result is this: gasoline prices at the pump remain high, even though the costs of oil companies and gas are declining. ”
Gas prices are falling in some states, including Ohio.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the city’s cheapest station was priced Monday at $ 2.93 per gallon.