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Oil prices will likely stay between $40 and $60 a barrel for most of the year, DeHaan predicted.

Speedway, the subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp. and usually the price leader in OH and other Great Lakes states, is posting prices at its OH stations from $1.75 a gallon in Canton to $2.06, also in Canton, according to GasBuddy.

Herman Jenkins, a AAA spokesman in Pittsburgh, echoed that sentiment and said low gas prices have a "significant impact" on the number of travelers seen each Thanksgiving.

Lower prices this holiday are prompting an estimated 49 million people to travel over the upcoming holiday - 89% of which will be traveling by motor vehicle. Although the current gas price averages are similar to Thanksgiving week last year, for most of this year, however, they were significantly lower than any year since the 2008-09 recession, according to the Auto Club.

Motorists can find gas prices below $2 a gallon at 16 percent of gas stations in Georgia, AAA reported.

The Great Lakes are often the most volatile area in the country for gas prices, and it is not uncommon for prices to move significantly from day to day.

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"Any oil product will be impacted by the price of a barrel of oil and not just what we think of - it's the oil to heat our homes", Clouse said.

The travel company projects 48.7 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday, with almost 90 percent of those driving to their destinations.

"Despite recent increases in gas prices, more Carolinians than past year are carving out time to spend with friends and family this Thanksgiving", said Dave Parsons, AAA Carolinas president and CEO.

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving. Moreover, general demand for gas tends to be weak as the weather gets cooler and gas prices usually fall along with the mercury. That news immediately drove up prices on oil markets around the world. AAA estimates that USA drivers have saved more than $28 billion so far at the pumps this year compared to the same period last year.

Valdosta and Leesburg had some of the lowest gas prices in the state. In Georgia, a gallon cost $1.99 last Thanksgiving. Nationally, motorists were paying 2.2-2.8 cents less than November 14 and 9.1-9.2 cents less than last month.


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