RVers cruising the open road this holiday season have reason to celebrate, as gas prices are dropping significantly across the country just in time for Christmas travel.
According to a December 14 report by AAA, the current national average for a gallon of gas is $3.10, coming within a penny of matching the 2022 low of $3.09 seen on December 23 of last year. Experts say prices will likely continue falling in the coming days and could drop below $3 per gallon by year’s end.
AAA is forecasting that roughly 104 million Americans will drive to their holiday destinations this year, and they will be greeted with the gift of falling gas prices,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “With pump prices falling slowly each day, it is likely that the national average will slide below $3 per gallon by the end of the year.”
While gas demand has trended upward recently, lower oil prices have kept pushing pump prices downward. If crude oil remains inexpensive through the holidays, drivers can expect to see continued savings at the gas station.
Per AAA’s report, the national average is 25 cents less than just one month ago and 11 cents below last year’s prices.
Some states have seen significant drops in gas prices over the past week alone, including Michigan (-17 cents), Florida (-17 cents), Indiana (-16 cents), Arizona (-14 cents), Illinois (-13 cents), Ohio (-13 cents), Montana (-12 cents), Kentucky (-12 cents) and Texas (-11 cents). Savings like these can add up quickly for RVers logging hundreds or thousands of miles during the festive season.
Careful planning and monitoring of gas prices along the RV route this holiday season could lead to major savings. RVers can track prices using AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner or other gas price tracker apps and websites.
With prices falling nationwide, nearly all RVers should see some savings compared to holiday travel earlier this year.
While gas prices are just one part of the RV lifestyle budget, every bit of savings helps. This year, RVers have an extra reason to be jolly as they embark on holiday adventures and family visits from coast to coast.
Cheaper fuel means more funds available for campground fees, festive meals, gifts, and all the other fun of the season. Hit the road and have a very merry RV holiday!