Gas prices dive as Southern Californians projected to hit the road for Thanksgiving in record number
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Nearly half a million people are expected to take the road for Thanksgiving, driving across three Southern California counties. That’s a number that is expected to keep on growing as Southern California residents prepare to head to the East Coast for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
CBS13 found that just in the past month, Southern California’s gas prices have dropped below $2.30 per gallon for the first time in years thanks to the growing number of people cutting back on their vacation to travel by foot and car for the holiday.
That may have something to do with the fact that California added an additional 1.5 million residents from 2010 to 2016. As more and more people join California, the state’s gas prices keep on falling — a trend that is not only likely to be repeated in 2017, but is likely to last for many years.
Gas prices in the Bay Area have dropped so low that it’s getting harder and harder to get ahold of one.
“I was going to go into the service station for an hour to fill up my car. I didn’t have gas for the whole week and I had to put up with people asking me to go to the gas station,” said one driver who spoke to CBS13 on condition of anonymity because, like many Sactown locals, he was not allowed to drive on the road that leads to his home.
“It’s almost like the gas is so expensive and gas stations are so few and far between that there’s really nobody to fill it up.”
For some people, cutting back on vacation was a wise choice.
“I just got back from a trip to Europe, so I didn’t want to cut it for the holiday,” said a man who spoke to CBS13 on condition of anonymity because, like many Sactown locals, he asked to not be named.
“It’s going to affect everybody, not everybody for one, but for everybody.”
The drop in gas prices has not only led to more people traveling by foot and car for the holiday, it’s also likely to have an impact on the number of