Georgia Drivers See Lower Gas Prices, Traffic Issues For Thanksgiving Trips

Over 1.5 million people in Georgia will take to the streets to travel to their Thanksgiving holiday destinations.

While the Atlanta metro area can give motorists a headache with all of the holiday traffic, there is one bright spot for Georgians preparing for the long drive.

Georgia’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is dramatically different from the same time last year, according to AAA.

While the national average for a gallon is $3.66, gas prices in Georgia are only $3.10 per gallon. That’s six cents less than a week ago, 12 cents less than October and 13 cents less than 2021.

It now costs drivers in the Peach State about $46.65 to fill a 15-gallon tank of regular gasoline — almost $2 less than last month.

“When it comes time to refuel while driving, drivers should be aware that gas stations along busy routes can be more expensive,” said AAA spokeswoman Montrae Waiters.

Traffic creeps north out of Atlanta along Interstate 75/85 during rush hour. (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)

The most expensive gasoline in the state can be found in Savannah ($3.19), Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($3.18) and Brunswick ($3.17). The cheapest places to fill up would be Columbus ($3.03), Rome ($3.01) and Warner Robins ($2.98).

Atlanta, in particular, could see a 105% increase in congestion compared to typical traffic, data from travel industry tech firm INRIX has revealed. The traffic increase lagged behind New York and Los Angeles, where congestion could increase by almost 150%.

In Atlanta, INRIX’s study showed that Interstate 85 South between Clairmont Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive could experience some of the worst effects of holiday traffic.

Data predicts the peak travel time on Metro Atlanta will be between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

In Georgia, the Department of Public Safety said the Georgia State Patrol will be “highly visible” during the Wednesday through Sunday travel season.

“Traffic will increase significantly, causing congestion and delays,” said Colonel Christopher Wright, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Best and worst times to go for Thanksgiving

The study shared some of the best and worst timeslots to travel during the Thanksgiving travel season. In general, late morning or after dinner driving is the best time to start driving.

Worst driving times for Thanksgiving:

Wednesday 23 November: 11am – 8pm
Thursday 24 November: 11am – 3pm
Friday, November 25: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Saturday, November 26: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Sunday, November 27: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Best travel times for Thanksgiving:

Wednesday, November 23: Before 8am and after 8pm
Thursday, November 24: Before 11am and after 6pm
Friday, November 25: Before 11am and after 8pm
Saturday 26 November: Before 2pm and after 8pm
Sunday 27 November: before 11am and after 8pm