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Travelers enjoy lower gas prices for Thanksgiving

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

Gasoline prices have been on the way down recently, with regular grade in Lincoln just under three dollars per gallon. 

Out–of–state drivers traveling for Thanksgiving said it's a nice holiday treat.

"This is the cheapest we've run into so far," Andy Majeski of Colorado said.

"It was cheaper than filling up back home, so we like that a lot," Dan Evans of Illinois added.

U–Stop owner Mark Whitehead said there's currently an abundance of gasoline in our area, which allows for lower prices at the pump.

But Nebraska isn't the only state seeing lower gas prices. A recent U.S. map ranking states on average gas prices shows Nebraska has some of the cheapest gas in the country. 

The map shows it's about 14 cents cheaper than a year ago, but it's about a dollar cheaper than it was on Memorial Day earlier this year. Whitehead said this leaves drivers more optimistic for their holiday travels.

"When prices are more reasonable, people have greater confidence and are apt to drive a little bit more," Whitehead said.

Wednesday, the U–Stop at 27th and I–80 in Lincoln was packed with families eager to get to their destinations. They said they have a good time planned for the holiday.

"Just happy to be on the road and to be going to see our family for Thanksgiving," Evans said.

"Just hit the slopes tomorrow and come back to the condo and eat some turkey," Nels Anderson of Minnesota said.

With this being the busiest travel time of the year, experts are reminding drivers to be careful.

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