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In this 2015 file photo, gas station attendant Carlos Macar pumps gas in Andover, Mass.

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Christmas Day gas prices are expected to be the highest since 2013, according to a projection from GasBuddy.

The national average is projected to be $2.39 a gallon on Christmas Day, which is slightly above prices in the past years ($2.28 in 2016, $2 in 2015 and $2.38 in 2014). Gas prices in 2013 were $3.26 a gallon.

Though the gas price will be the highest in years, it’s also down from where prices were at Thanksgiving. GasBuddy said in a news release that the national average is a 12-cent drop since Thanksgiving.

“It’s hard to be completely happy with gas prices dropping slightly in recent weeks when we’re going to see the most expensive Christmas at the pump in years, but what we’re seeing now really pales in comparison to the holidays when we pulled up to the pump that was over $3 per gallon,” GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan said of the span between 2010 and 2013.

GasBuddy also offered tips to drivers on how to save money while traveling this holiday season.

The smartphone app company suggested drivers take into account state gas taxes that could lead to higher prices in certain states, look for discounts at gas stations and avoid speeding and aggressive driving. Doing neither can save drivers up to $10 a tank.

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