Thanksgiving is almost here, and for many families, filling up on turkey first calls for filling up on gas. This year, that part might be more painful than usual.
"This is the first time that we have seen gas prices topping more than $3 a gallon in November," said Jim Lehman, senior vice president for the east central region of AAA travel service. "A year ago, prices were in the range of $2.20 a gallon, so this year, travelers are really feeling the pinch."
In Hagerstown, the average gas price Tuesday was $3.15 per gallon, up 92 cents from this time last year, according to AAA. That could rise even more as the demand goes up among Thanksgiving travelers, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella said.
Hagerstown gas prices are higher than the national average of $3.09, and also above the averages in Baltimore and the Washington suburbs, which are about $3.02 and $3.06, respectively.