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Gas prices higher than last year, but cheapest they have been in 2018

Good news for drivers hitting the roads this holiday season, as AAA forecasts prices at the pump to be the cheapest so far this year.

The national average for a gallon of regular-unleaded is$2.45 a gallon, a new low for 2018.

AAA says the national average price has dropped more than 50 cents since Memorial Day weekend. The group predicts prices could fall to a low of $2.40 a gallon.

But that average is still higher than it was this time last year. Especially here in New York.

The company also offers tips on how to conserve fuel during the winter months:

If possible, only run the engine and heater long enough to remove the chill. This will help to conserve fuel. Also, parking your car in a garage will help it stay warm.

As a precaution, keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times. It helps to reduce condensation in the fuel system. It also helps ensure an adequate reserve of fuel to run the engine for heat should your car become disabled in a remote location.

Be sure to pack an emergency roadside kit in your car containing a mobile phone and car charger, first-aid kit, blankets, drinking water and snacks, a flashlight with extra batteries, a basic toolkit, warning flares, an ice scraper, jumper cables and a shovel.