Drivers see lowering gas prices for this holiday weekend

POSTED: Friday, July 1, 2011 - 5:34pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

BRYAN -- Admit it, we all dread filling up our cars, especially the past few months but finally, just in time for the holiday, prices are closer to $3 a gallon than $4.

Fox 28's Lauren Holman spoke with some drivers today to see how they're taking advantage of the prices while they still can.

Lower gas prices have put many travelers in a good mood and that means more people are hitting the road.

Sarah Schimmer with AAA says, "2.2 million of the total 2.68 million Texans are going to be driving this weekend, or 86 percent of total Texans traveling will be driving."

And that's exactly what Bob Vetter will be doing. "Definitely, yeah. I saw the cheaper gas prices here so I pulled in here to fill up."

Right now Texas has the cheapest gas in the U.S. about  10 cents cheaper than the national average and with the average gas price at $3.44, many drivers are filling up.

"It's easier now. Hey you don't have to worry about paying that much money for gas. [You] get on the highway and go travel," says Cynthia Bazile.

And Schimmer attributes the gas prices to how well Texas' economy is doing but she's not sure how long these low prices will stick around.

"Well we can't predict the future but historically gas prices usually tend to peak after the July 4th holiday," Schimmer says.

And Cynthia Bazile agrees. "I'm more than sure it's going to go back up."

Even though gas is down from a few weeks ago, it's still 83 cents higher than this time last year.

But for now, that's not stopping these travelers.


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