NewsChannel 11 crews saw gas prices as low as a $1.50 Tuesday. About a week earlier AAA released a study predicting holiday travel will be down this year. That would be the first decrease in Thanksgiving travel since 2002, but low gas prices means people making last minute travel plans.
Drivers can't believe how low gas prices have dropped recently. "It used to take about $85.00 to fill up my truck. It's only taking about $35.00 to $40.00 now," said Irene Garcia.
Just a few months ago, right before Labor Day, Bolton's signs showed gas prices at more than $3.50 a gallon. When NewsChannel 11 talked to drivers then, many said they were staying home because of high gas prices, but with fill-ups more affordable this holiday weekend, we found several people who just decided to take Thanksgiving trips in the past few days.
For Garcia, low gas prices come as a huge relief. "My grandmother's been ill, and I want to go visit her for the holidays," she said.
When gas prices were at $3 to $4 a gallon she wasn't able to make the trip, but now Garcia says, "It helps me out a lot more, being able to take all my kids and go spend time with her."
The Texas Department of Public Safety wants to remind everyone that roads will be crowded this holiday. They'll be patrolling the highways and encourage everyone to be patient while on the road.
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