Gas Prices Drop during Holiday Season

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va. -- Gas prices fell an average of 17 cents in Virginia during the past week. The average price is down from $3.20 to $3.03. That's a dime less than Virginians were paying this time last year.

The Valley is a good place to stop for people traveling through, like Steve Brockman. The prices in this region tend to be lower than in the rest of the Commonwealth.

"They're great. I think it was something like $3.70 when I left home last week, so it's really nice," said Brockman.

After calling around the Valley, a WHSV reporter found out the Pilot Travel Center in Staunton was the cheapest with gas prices than $3. The Shell in New Market and Sheetz in Harrisonburg were 3.09 and 3.05, respectively. The highest price in the Valley was in Weyers Cave at $3.35 per gallon.

Even with gas prices falling, the cost is still too much for Amanda Peach, a James Madison University student.

"I'm a college student so it's kind of a lot, especially going home a lot for the seasons. I need my mom to help me out a lot on gas money,” said Peach.

Peach goes to church in Charlottesville and lives off campus. Gas has been an issue this year.

"I was constantly asking my parents for money and using my student loans for gas."

Others have to drive for work.

"You don't want to go to Richmond, Roanoke, places like that. It's too far away. It's not worth it to pay so much money on gas. You just try to work the local areas," said Luiz Diaz, a contractor.

Brockman thought the price of gas would rise, but he said that may not be a bad thing.

"Eventually go up to $4 and maybe even beyond that, and it's going to be like that for a long time,” said Brockman, “It might have some good consequences, people would use gas less, it would be better for the environment."

AAA's latest report said prices are expected to fall even more through the end of the month. That's good news for those of us planning to travel for the holidays.

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