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KUNA -- Triple-A expects almost 200,000 Idahoans to hit the road during the Thanksgiving holiday. And all those people could get a very welcome surprise at the gas pump.

We traveled to the Super C gas station in Kuna today and found a rare sight - gas selling for less than $3 a gallon.

While this is the only station around we found with these prices, they're not as far from the state's average as you might think.

The national average for a gallon of unleaded is $3.29. The price shot up eight cents a gallon in the last week.

For the first time since May, Idaho's average is less than the national average.

And if you look at where we were a month ago, we've seen a 32 cent drop in the last month.

What caused all this?

Dave Carlson with AAA says it's partly just the market correcting itself.

He says gas stations were making more than 30 to 40 cents of profit per gallon a month ago, when that really should be around 8 to 15 cents.

Prices have come down, said Carlson. Again, the market is correcting itself. If travelers are looking for the lowest gasoline prices, now is the time to do it, because it does encourage retailers to follow suit, said Carlson.

$2.99 a gallon is impressive, but if your Thanksgiving travels take you through Idaho Falls, be sure to stop for gas there. Carlson says gas wars there have some stations selling gas for as little as $2.74 a gallon, which is below cost.

If you are interested in comparing gas prices near your home, click on our gas prices link.

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