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Gasing Up for the Holidays?

Each week, AAA sends out a survey of gasoline prices and anticipates what's coming. Here's the trend:

"AAA believes that lower gas prices are still in the offing and $2 a gallon as a national average is still possible before the end of the year," said Lon Anderson, director of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. The last time gas averaged under $2 a gallon was in 2005.

Around the world, demand for oil is falling as economies weaken, but in the United States, demand for gas is inching higher, AAA says.

As the holidays approach, will people make up for mileage lost when gas was at $4 and drive prices back up?

"Much will depend on whether motorists remain conservative and drive less than they did last year and also whether oil and gas producers try to balance supply and demand by cutting production," Anderson said.

It's hard to avoid extra driving around the holidays. People put a priority on being with family and friends. Meanwhile, so many destinations are beyond the reach of Metro, MARC and VRE. Amtrak and the airlines are jammed, and it's tough to haul holiday gifts that way.

As I mentioned in this Sunday's Dr. Gridlock column, we're planning to use next Sunday's Commuter page for advice on your holiday travels. What are the best routes. What are the areas to watch out for.

If you've got suggestions you'd like to share, or questions we should address, drop me a line at

By Robert Thomson  |  November 10, 2008; 8:44 AM ET
Categories:  Driving , Getaway  
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