During the summer months, AAA reports there is an increase of cars on the roadways, causing oil refineries to work overtime to ensure that gas prices slightly decrease. The average price for regular gasoline in the U.S. has dropped nine cents over the last couple of weeks. At the Kangaroo gas station on Highway 49 in Gulfport, gas is $3.19 per gallon. That’s 20 cents cheaper than the price of gas around this time last year.
Monday, News 25 caught up with local drivers who are thrilled about the extra cash in their wallets. Mack Taylor travels 25 miles from Moss Point to D'Iberville every day for work. He says he's happy gas prices are unusually low for this time of year. Taylor says, "It’s not bad. It’s a whole lot cheaper than what they were a few weeks ago, about $3.40 I think it was."
This time last year, gas was around $3.40 per gallon. A Lundberg survey issued this week states that refineries are working extra hard to cut gas prices during the middle of the summer to make up for the high prices during peak traveling season. Rhonda Murray, a driver, says, "I was excited. I didn’t realize and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is July,’ and I realized we're still in summer vacation and I didn't realize it was that cheap right now."
According to the survey, the average price of gas has gone down nine cents this week. The nation’s average is $3.64, but in Mississippi, the average price is $3.30. Murray also says, "I looked and it said $3.22, so I went, ‘Oh my gracious, I better turn around and get gas.’"
Gas prices can be seen fluctuating across the Coast, the cheapest prices being in Gulfport and Waveland. Richard Seal, another driver, says, "Over where I’m from in Hancock County, they range from $3.29 to $3.39, so I figured I'd stop and get gas here to save money."
At the Flying J in Gulfport off of Canal Road, you can find some of the cheapest gas in Harrison County, but drivers tell News 25 that in Jackson County off of Highway 63 in Moss Point, you can find similar prices. Taylor closes, "I just hope it gets cheaper. If it gets down to three dollars, that would be even better."
AAA expects gas prices to spike again before Labor Day weekend, so enjoy the low prices while you still can.