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December 20, 2012

Falling gas prices help travelers head out

NORMAN — For some, the holiday travel time has already started. With Christmas falling on a Tuesday, many made it an extra-long weekend and will hit the road today and Friday.

More relatives and friends are traveling this holiday season. AAA estimates more than 93 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this year. In Oklahoma, the Department of Transportation reports road work on Interstate 35 near Perry, Interstate 40 near Henryetta, U.S. Highway 69 north of Eufaula and Interstate 44 near Northwest 10th in Oklahoma City.

Those trip budgets are getting some help by a recent drop in gasoline prices. Regular unleaded averaged $3 a gallon this week, with some stations selling at around $2.80 per gallon.

The average price of a gallon of fuel has dropped about 75 cents a gallon over the past three months. Fuel surpluses and low driver demand has pushed the prices down.

While cheap gas helps, the weather may be the biggest impediment to travel this year, both over the road and through the air. Forecasters are predicting a white Christmas in some parts of the country.

There’s even a chance Oklahoma could have some snow on the ground Tuesday. It’s only happened six times since 1890, but we’ll cross our fingers anyway.

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