AAA: Low gas prices will lead to spike in Oklahomans traveling for Thanksgiving Day holiday

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The lowest holiday gasoline prices in five years are expected to result in an increased number of Oklahomans traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

AAA Oklahoma estimates nearly 602,000 Oklahomans will travel this year during the holiday — the highest volume since 2007 and a nearly 5 percent increase over 2013.

The agency estimates 90 percent of the travelers — 542,000 people —will get to Thanksgiving destinations by car, pickup or RV — 4.8 percent more than last year. Another 49,000 residents will fly — a 3.4 percent jump.

Thursday's Oklahoma average pump price for regular gasoline is $2.68 per gallon — down 26 cents from the same time last year. The national average stands at $2.85 per gallon — 36 cents lower than the average price a year ago.

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