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  Sub $2 per gallon gasoline appears to be a thing of the recent past, with prices jumping more than a dime last week across the Southeast. 

Self-serve regular in Pensacola averages $2.18 a gallon, according to AAA. That’s up a dime from last week, but $1.10 lower than a year ago. Much of the increase is seasonal.

Motorists are getting an extra gift this holiday season – the lowest gasoline prices in about five years. That includes the cheapest Christmas Day gas since 2008.

As of Monday, the auto club reported self-serve regular averages $2.26 per gallon in Pensacola. That’s 41 cents less than last month, and 96 cents a gallon lower than one year ago. Mark Jenkins at Triple-A South in Tampa says that’s also the lowest among Florida’s metro areas.

If you’re planning to travel for Christmas and New Year’s, it will be you and a record number of your closest friends sharing the road.

AAA is forecasting the highest number of travelers on record; 98.6 million Americans expected to take a trip of 50 miles or more from home. That’s 3.8 million more than last year’s holiday season.

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  There’s good news and bad news for Thanksgiving travelers. The good: gas prices are at five year lows. The bad: a lot more people will be driving.

More than 46 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more from home for Thanksgiving. In Florida, 2.3 million people will hit the road, with the vast majority, 2.1 million, or 90%,  going by automobile. Mark Jenkins at AAA South, in Tampa, says that’s a 4.2% increase from last year’s 44 million travelers.