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Gas drops below $3 a gallon at some area stations

Posted December 18, 2012

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— Holiday travelers are getting an early present, as gas is selling for less than $3 a gallon at some Triangle locations.

Six stations on South Saunders Street in Raleigh had posted prices for regular unleaded at $2.96 to $2.99 on Tuesday.

"I think it should be lower," driver Charise Chavies said as she filled her tank. "It's all good. Lower is better."

The average price in the Triangle is $3.21, according to AAA Carolinas. Stations in Cary, Wake Forest and Fuquay-Varina all reported prices far above the $3 mark.

The average is 4 cents less than a year ago and 9 cents less than a month ago, AAA said. It matches the July 4 average as the lowest of 2012 for the region.

Experts credit a combination of lower demand and a plentiful supply of gas for the falling prices, which they said should continue dropping at least through the end of December.

The last time the Triangle average for gas was under $3 a gallon was Dec. 28, 2010.



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  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 20, 2012

    People still use gas in their cars?
    vinylcarwraps23

    yep because a Prius is goofy looking

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 20, 2012

    that dang Obama just never stops does he?!...he continues to destroy our economy and is just so inept...whats next $1 for a gallon of milk?! and healthcare for everyone?!...simply unbelievable, this is not the America I grew up in...

    uGek010

    Gas prices under Bush go up- Oil man and rich oil buddies gouging Americans.

    Gas prices under Bush go down- Focus on something else bad to blame him for

    Gas prices under Obama go up- Presidents have no control over gas prices.

    Gas prices under Obama go down- He is our lord and savior and truly is a magical individual!

    Do you liberals even listen to yourselves talk? Or do you just become entranced by the sound of your own derp that you cant hear your own hypocrisy?

  • mt1190 Dec 19, 2012

    Well that's some GOOD news!

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 19, 2012

    People still use gas in their cars?

  • Mungo Dec 19, 2012

    Why is there such a disparity in gas prices here in Wake County? Here in Cary we're no where near $3.00 per gallon, we're still at about $3.20/gallon.

  • uGek010 Dec 19, 2012

    that dang Obama just never stops does he?!...he continues to destroy our economy and is just so inept...whats next $1 for a gallon of milk?! and healthcare for everyone?!...simply unbelievable, this is not the America I grew up in...

  • baldchip Dec 19, 2012

    I got some at 2.96 on S. Saunders St.

  • I know some stuff Dec 19, 2012

    For all those who voted for Romney because he said he would lower gas prices and you believed him, I guess your 'vote' worked ! thank you.
    Enjoy it while it lasts.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 19, 2012

    how pathetic, Americans all dancing to the tune of $3 a gallon.

    be patient, it will spike back up in just a few weeks.

  • Damien Thorne Dec 19, 2012

    Gas prices are driven by speculators. There can be situations where a comment from a politician can have an impact on prices. If you base low gas prices on what Obama says then the lower it is the closer we are to economic collapse.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/16/obama_gas_prices_were_low_because_economy_was_on_verge_of_collapse.html

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