Thursday, Dec 5, 2013
Drivers Say Gas Prices Lower, But Not Cheap
MARION -- Drivers who've filled up lately you may have noticed the price at the pump is on the decline..
According to gasbuddy.com, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is down 20 cents from $3.57 in the past month. In Illinois, the average price has dropped about a quarter in that same time from $3.70 to $3.45 a gallon.
The numbers are expected to continue dropping, and of course Southern Illinois drivers are happy to see it. However, most agree the price at the pump is still not cheap enough.
"It's been a long time since I've seen it this price in Illinois," said Frank Meade.
The Goreville native drives a truck and says the normally high gas prices can make it hard to get around.
"I couldn't fill my tank every time I got gas, you know? I had to limit the amount that I put in to it," he explained.
Meade is happy to see gas at $3.29 in Marion, but like many, he wishes it were cheaper.
"Three dollars? Oh that'd be awesome," said Meade.
"I wish it could go back to where, you know, it was like $1.50 a gallon," said Brandon Drew of Bethalto.
"Oh I like it, but it could go a whole lot cheaper," added Ronnie Fitzpatrick of Herrin.
Fitzpatrick remembers when filling up was a lot more affordable.
"When I was a kid working at the gas station it would be 60 cents a gallon," he said.
If he gets the chance, Fitzpatrick says he'll fill up out of state.
"Illinois gets taxed to death on gas, cigarettes, alcohol, where a lot of these other states don't," he told News 3.
Drew hopes gas prices go down and stay down. It usually costs him $140 to gas-up the truck he calls his green machine.
"It is horrible on gas, just absolutely terrible," said Drew.
Motor club Triple-A attributes the recent drop to steady demand, sufficient supply, and a cheaper winter-blend.
"I don't really understand what to believe and how that actually works, you know, because we don't get explained that," remarked Drew.
"I think it's got something to do with the government," laughed Fitzpatrick.
Drivers may not understand exactly why gas prices are down, but they'll enjoy it while it lasts.
"I think I'll put a little more in," added Meade, "I'll get more for my money that's for sure."
Triple-A says gas prices could reach an average price of $3.15 a gallon by Christmas.
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