SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s average gas prices have fallen 6.9 cents per gallon over the past week.

According to GasBuddy price reports after a survey of 257 stations in Springfield, gasoline prices have dropped to an average of $3.73/g. The cheapest station in Springfield was priced at  $3.45/g, and the most expensive station was $3.93/g. The highest price in the state Sunday was $5.19/g, a difference of $2.10/g.

The national price of gasoline has fallen as well 11.9 cents per gallon over the last week, averaging $3.64/g today. The national gasoline price is down 16.4  cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 24.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering more than 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

  • Worcester- $3.79/g, down 3.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.83/g
  • Connecticut- $3.67/g, down 8.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.75/g
  • Hartford- $3.65/g, down 7.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.72/g

“What an incredible turnaround in the last week. While a decline was expected in more states than last week, I didn’t expect every single state to hop on the bandwagon so quickly. But, it’s terrific news as motorists prepare for Thanksgiving travel, with tens of thousands of stations under $3 per gallon, and thousands more to join in the next few weeks, barring a dramatic turnaround,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Everyone will be seeing relief at the pump this week, with even more substantial declines on the way as oil prices plummeted last week to briefly trade under $80 per barrel. It’s not impossible that if oil markets hold here, we could see a national average of $2.99 around Christmas, certainly the gift that every motorist is hoping for. Drivers shouldn’t be in a rush to fill up as prices will come down nearly coast-to-coast into the heavily traveled Thanksgiving holiday.”

Historical gasoline prices in Springfield and the national prices going back ten years:

  • November 21, 2021: $3.36/g (U.S. Average: $3.39/g)
  • November 21, 2020: $1.95/g (U.S. Average: $2.11/g)
  • November 21, 2019: $2.46/g (U.S. Average: $2.60/g)
  • November 21, 2018: $2.53/g (U.S. Average: $2.58/g)
  • November 21, 2017: $2.52/g (U.S. Average: $2.52/g)
  • November 21, 2016: $2.09/g (U.S. Average: $2.13/g)
  • November 21, 2015: $2.08/g (U.S. Average: $2.08/g)
  • November 21, 2014: $2.84/g (U.S. Average: $2.83/g)
  • November 21, 2013: $3.32/g (U.S. Average: $3.21/g)
  • November 21, 2012: $3.57/g (U.S. Average: $3.42/g)

Daniel Reider of Huntington has a busy Thanksgiving ahead, starting with a trip to the in-laws in the eastern part of the state and ending with a high school reunion in Ohio, “We’re hoping to leave Thanksgiving day, hopefully traffic isn’t that bad.”

Nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving weekend, the vast majority by car. That’s why AAA recommends avoiding the roads when they are at their busiest, like between 4 and 8 p-m on Wednesday.

“If you leave at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, you could beat most of the traffic and have a much better trip,” said Mark Shielddrop from AAA.

To avoid paying more at the pump, your best bet is to fuel up in Hampden and Hampshire counties where prices are below the state average.

“If you wait until your fuel light comes on and you’re on the turnpike you could pay over $4 a gallon,” said Sheilddrop.

Planning ahead can be important when the holiday season arrives but for some like Richard Lavalley of Northampton, a trip to New York this Thanksgiving requires you to be a bit adventurous, “I’m more of an instantaneous type person that jumps and says ‘okay let’s go’. I figure if we don’t have it, we didn’t need it. And if we need it, we have to find it.”