Just in time for the busy Thanksgiving travel weekend, motorists in the Topeka area are finding lower prices at the pump.
According to Gasbuddy.com, a gallon of regular unleaded gas was going for between $2.35 and $2.61 a gallon on Tuesday morning.
AAA Kansas on Monday reported the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Kansas was $2.36, which is down 11 cents in the past week. The price was down 33 cents from a month ago, and four cents lower than one year ago.
Kansas currently has the eighth cheapest gas prices in the country, according to Shawn Steward, AAA Kansas spokesman.
The 33-cent price decline in Kansas in the past month ranks as the sixth largest drop in America, Steward noted.
“Despite seeing higher gas prices throughout most of 2018 compared to last year, Kansans hitting the road for Thanksgiving will find pump prices that have fallen significantly in the past month and which are now cheaper than a year ago as well,” Steward said in a news release. “When it comes time to fill up during the trip, motorists should keep in mind that gas stations along highly traveled routes may have prices more expensive than in-town. Before setting out for the long Thanksgiving weekend, AAA recommends motorists download the free AAA Mobile app to find the lowest gas prices in their area.”
A sampling at various locations across Kansas by AAA revealed the following prices for a gallon of unleaded gas: Dodge City — $2.37; Emporia – $2.37; Goodland — $2.48; Hays — $2.44; Kansas City, Kan. — $2.34; Lawrence — $2.24; Manhattan — $2.57 ; Pittsburg — $2.32; Salina — $2.29; Topeka — $2.44; and Wichita — $2.26.
Kansas gas price extremes were $2.80 per gallon in Elkhart in Morton County and $2.18 a gallon in Benton in Butler County.
The national gas price average was $2.62 on Monday, which is eight cents lower than a week ago and the largest one-week decline in pump price this year. A year ago, the average national price was $2.54.
AAA said many times, gas prices drop at this time of year, as refineries have switched over to the less-expensive winter blend of gasoline and demand drops off. If the price of crude oil continues to fall, drivers will see even cheaper pump prices as we close out the year.