By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Gas prices may be something to be thankful for, if you are on a budget this year.
"Right now, we're seeing the average gas price in Kansas of $1.88, ninth cheapest in the U.S.," said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. "If you are going to be taking a trip this holiday, you'll be saving some money in your wallet compared to last year or previous years."
Even if you're staying local, gas should be about average.
"Reno County is at $1.89," Steward said. "Hutchinson is at $1.90, right around the state average."
Be sure your car is in good repair, if you do decide at the last minute to hit the road.
"Check out your tires and your battery, especially," Steward said. "It's always a good idea, especially now that it gets dark so early, to make sure that all of the lights and turn signals, tail lights, brake lights, headlights are all in working order, so not only can you see, but you can be seen during those dark hours on the roads."
For Americans who make the personal decision to travel for the holiday, it is important to know the risks involved and ways to keep yourself and others safe.