Thanksgiving holiday travel will cost about the same this year as last year for those traveling to Grandma's house by car. And Utahns will be paying even less than the national average.
A survey by the American Automobile Association reports that the national average price per gallon will be $1.103, a drop of .7 cent from the 1987 Thanksgiving cost. It also represents a drop of 1.7 cents from the average cost paid over the September Labor Day holiday.The national average includes self-serve and full-service prices of regular leaded, regular unleaded and premium unleaded gasoline.
Utahns can expect to pay an average of $1.085, the lowest estimate for the nine Western states. New Jersey has the lowest prices in the nation at 99.1 cents per gallon.
The survey says Utahns pumping their own gas will pay 94 cents for regular, $1.02 for unleaded regular, $1.13 for premium unleaded and $1.03 for diesel. Those preferring full service will pay $1.06, $1.20, $1.28 and $1.18 per gallon respectively, according to the survey.
Nevada motorists will be paying the most with an average cost of $1.186 per gallon. The AAA survey is based on data supplied by more than 4,750 gasoline stations along major travel routes in the continental United States.