Gas Prices Take A Dive

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gas prices took another dive this week, dropping to as low as $3.17 a gallon.

Monique Griego speaks to AAA about what we can expect the next time we gas up.

Gas prices are causing some sticker shock.

“At first I thought it was an incorrect price,” said Iesha Williams.

Williams had to do a double take before filling up at an Exxon station on York Road and Belvedere Avenue.

“Gas nowadays is high, so expensive. I mean you see $3.17 and it’s out of this world,” said Williams.

Within the past month, gas prices have dropped by almost 30 cents.

Right now, the national average is $3.40 a gallon. In Maryland, it’s $3.32 a gallon. And while that’s still almost 60 cents more than a year ago, drivers are enjoying the dip.

Ragina Averella from AAA Mid-Atlantic says the dip is typical for this time of year and could last a few months before rebounding in 2012.

“Absent any major economic events or geopolitical events, they will probably continue to decline. Many are saying that they’ll get to that $3 per gallon range. Many people are saying that they’re already there, but they’re not,” said Averella.

A few of the websites that track gas prices were reporting some places were at $3 or less than $3 a gallon.  WJZ drove to some of those stations and the prices didn’t match what was on the websites.

“They’re not quite at $3 a gallon yet,” Averella said. “We can only hope and pray for that.”

Exxon had a few stations at $3.17. That’s the lowest WJZ could find.

Drivers seem to be jumping on any opportunity to keep their tally down.

“This is just a little bonus, so take advantage while you can,” said Kevin Mullinary, driver.  “Happy Monday.”

AAA says they track gas prices, using more sources than anyone else.  Click here for more information.

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