Gasoline prices should continue to drop throughout the holiday travel season.
The average price of regular unleaded for the Augusta area on Wednesday was $3.01 a gallon, according to AAA. That’s nine cents lower than a week ago and 18 cents lower than one month ago.
The low prices are welcome news for drivers around the holidays.
Janet Sconyers, of Augusta, said her family noticed the low gas prices earlier in the week. She filled her tank Tuesday at Greg’s Gas Plus on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta for $2.83 a gallon.
“It’s creeping down,” Sconyers said. “We thought it would go sky high with people traveling. Since it hasn’t and it’s actually gone down, it’s surprised us.”
Demand for gasoline has dropped over the past several weeks, said Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman for AAA Auto Club Group. Holidays are peak times but don’t necessarily mean that prices spike, she said.
“It has more to do with the economy, demand and what is going on globally that affects the market,” Brady said.
The national gas price average Wednesday was 22 cents higher this time last year, but prices this week are still far below the year’s peak price of $3.98, Brady said in a news release. The high mark happened the first week in May.
At the Circle K on 15th and Reynolds streets, Tron Davis, of Augusta, purchased gas for $2.92 on Tuesday. He would like even lower prices for holiday drives to Atlanta and Savannah.
“You can stay on the road a little bit more when it’s cheaper,” Davis said.
As prices continue to fall as the new year approaches, more people could plan last-minute trips, Brady said.