WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida gas prices could tick up just before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Triple A says based on a recent increase in the price of wholesale gasoline, drivers could see a 5- to 10-cent increase at the pump.
"Even if gas prices do rise this week, a 5- to 10-cent increase is not likely to cause Floridians to cancel their travel plans," said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. "If the state average returns to $2.45 per gallon, it'd be the same price motorists paid during last year's holiday. Additionally, it's nearly the same price Floridians paid a month ago - when most people were finalizing their travel plans. However, if the state average remains less than $2.45, Thanksgiving travelers in Florida would be paying the lowest gas prices for the holiday in three years."
Florida drivers are currently paying $2.36 per gallon, which is less than the national average of $2.59.
However, some parts of our area have some of the highest prices in the state right now. The West Palm Beach and Boca Raton metro areas have an average price of $2.50 a gallon.
More than 55 million people are expected to travel more than 50 miles for the Thanksgiving holiday. That would be the second highest Thanksgiving travel on record since AAA began keeping records in 2000.
AAA expects travel delays on the road throughout the week but peaking on Wednesday.