Fantastic news for those planning on heading out by car, truck, motorhome or SUV this travel season has arrived in the form of gas prices. Once again, gas prices have dropped across the U.S. making the average cost of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. around $3.48 a gallon. Great for the traveler, we are down around $.20 a gallon less than last year at this time. Just weeks ago, gas was averaging almost $4.00 a gallon, making this a noticeable change for all travelers still reliant on gasoline as their primary fuel source.
So, now that gas prices are down, the question becomes, will more people travel this holiday season? The United States is already expecting around 42 million people to head out in search of some vacation destination in the U.S., though a few months ago, most were expected to stay a bit closer to home. Now that gas is down almost $.60 from this first travel estimate, one has to wonder what kind of impact it will have not only on the numbers of travelers but also on the distance they will be traveling.
Apps that help
If you are planning on traveling by vehicle this holiday season and are looking to make the most of your travel dollars in regards to your fuel, the wonderful world of smart phones and apps is there to help you offering new free and inexpensive tools to help you make the most of your travel dollar. Due to the desire of travelers to get more gas for their valuable travel dollar, many of the mos polar travel apps are based on finding the best prices on gas. Top apps include:
Local Gas Prices – Free, this app is available on iTunes. It offers you the latest information on gas stations around the U.S. for all grades of fuel. Available for iphone, ipod touch and ipad.
Cheap Gas – Also available in itunes, this app works only in the U.S. and Canada however, it features price timestamps, grades displayed, the ability to sort by distance or price and device location settings as well as interactive searches by postal code.
Gas Buddy – Considered the top gas app, Gas Buddy has great features including locate gas stations near you and see their current gas prices all added by a community of users that you may also join and report as well. Every time you report gas prices, you are earning points for prizes as well, making it fun and helpful.
What about you? Do you plan on traveling this weekend? Have you plans changed due to gas prices? Will you be traveling further? Do you use apps on a smart phone to get the best deals? Share your stories with us.
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