Gas prices dropping before Labor Day weekend

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – If you’re still putting together plans for the upcoming holiday weekend, you may want to consider a road trip. AAA says across the nation prices will hit some of the lowest levels we’ve seen on a Labor Day weekend in more than a decade. In Hampton Roads, that downward trend is becoming a welcomed sight.

Regular gas was going for $2.09 a gallon along Frederick Boulevard in Portsmouth Monday. “I went inside to get a cold pop and I saw these gas prices and I was just like wow gotta get it,” said Jason Turner. “I’ve seen $2.30 in some places. So I commute to Portsmouth and I’m enjoying the gas prices. I’m filling up over here for once.”

“We don’t see gas wars very often anymore because gasoline pricing is a lot more complicated than it used to be,” said Georjeane Blumling with AAA Tidewater Virginia. “Back in the day you would see a number of stations kind of inching down. We’re still about $0.30 cheaper than a month ago and almost $1.00 cheaper than a year ago at this time.”

Blumling says refineries are doing well, there are no major outside influences on oil prices, and no major changes in countries that produce oil. But, one anticipated change will only help usher even lower prices in. So more drivers are expected to hit the highway for the holiday weekend.

“We’re also seeing the changeover soon between summer and winter blends,” said Blumling. “It’s the last big hoorah before our children go back to school so we do expect a lot of families to visit family and friends and maybe take one last trip up to an amusement park and that sort of thing.”

Blumling says it looks like the last time Hampton Roads saw gas below $2.00/gallon was May 6, 2009, when it hit $1.98.

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