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Drivers Can be Thankful for Falling Gas Prices

(But still the highest at this time of year since 2014) 


November 19, 2018 - The record number of South Dakotans (154,000 – up 4.6% over last year) who will be driving to their Thanksgiving holiday destinations can give thanks for falling gas prices.

Even though gas prices in 2018 have been the highest in years, the average price at the pump nationwide - and here in South Dakota - has been falling steadily for more than a month now.

“While gas prices are still higher than they were last year at this time, they’re as low as they’ve been for the better part of this year and that’s certainly something holiday travelers will appreciate”, says Marilyn Buskohl, spokesperson for AAA South Dakota.

The downward trend is typical at this time of year, when refineries have switched over to the less expensive winter blend of gasoline and demand drops off. If the price of crude oil continues to fall, drivers will see even cheaper pump prices as we close out the year. 


The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas at pumps across the country is $2.63 – that’s down 25 cents from just a month ago, but still about 8 cents higher than on this same date last year.

South Dakota

Here in South Dakota, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.61, down 30 cents from a month ago, but still 7 cents more than on this same date last year.

As usual, gas prices across South Dakota vary:

Aberdeen          $2.39

Pierre               $2.73

Rapid City        $2.87

Sioux Falls       $2.45

Where should you fill up on your travels?

  • If you are driving south for the holiday, Nebraska’s statewide average is $2.46, and Iowa’s average is $2.38. These states have the least expensive gas in the upper Midwest region.
  • Headed north? North Dakota ($2.63) and Minnesota ($2.52)
  • Going west? Wyoming is at $2.885 per gallon and Montana is $2.89

Motorists can find the least expensive gas prices wherever they are with the FREE AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at


TEDx Wilmington Salon

Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

View a slideshow from the event

This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA

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