As Americans get deeper into the holiday season, extra errands and traveling can bring more stress and causes drivers to be more aggressive.
GasBuddy, a smartphone app connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, data shows that consumers' driving habits are 175 percent more “aggressive” during the holidays compared to the rest of the year.
“In December, motorists shouldn’t let the stress of the season negatively impact the way they drive,” a press release shows. “Not only is aggressive driving dangerous but it is the quickest way to lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent. The holidays should be the most wonderful time of the year — not the most costly at the pump.”
A GasBuddy study shows Georgia to have the most aggressive drivers, followed by California and Texas.
Although gas prices were trending downward at Thanksgiving, the national average gas price was still the highest in four years. Since then, prices have continued to decline.
On Monday, usually the day of the week when prices are lowest, some local stations were showing their cheapest gas in recent years.
In Athens, the price at the Brookshire's on East Tyler Street was $1.96 a gallon. The Valero on South Prairieville Street and the Conoco and Chevron on South Prairieville Street and the Shell on West Corsicana Street were showing $2.15 for a gallon of regular gas.
In Gun Barrel City, the Murphy USA and Brookshire's were posting a price of $1.89 a gallon. The Texaco and Exxon were charging $2.09. In Mabank, the Shell price was $2.25 a gallon.
Malakoff prices were as low as $1.99 at the Mobil, while Chandler had $1.98 at the Exxon and $1.99 at the Valero.
Last year, prices during the Christmas season were the highest in recent years. This year, the cost is more in line with December 2016, when on Dec. 23, the price at Murphy USA at the Athens Walmart was $2.04 per gallon. The Athens Brookshire's store posted a price of $2.07.
On the other end of the spectrum were Valero, at $2.09 per gallon, and Conoco with a per-gallon price of $2.15.
Elsewhere in Henderson County, the Chandler Exxon was charging $2.09. Malakoff'’s Shell station was reporting $2.08.
According to GasBuddy, when fuel prices fluctuate, it affects more than consumers who are planning holiday trips or commuting to work. Transportation, construction, shipping and manufacturing are just a few of the industry sectors most affected by changes in fuel prices.