Gas prices take a dip in South MS

Gas prices take a dip in South MS

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - There's just something about seeing gas under $2 at the pump. If you've had to refill in that past few days then you've likely noticed. On Wednesday we checked out the gas prices in Ocean Springs.

AAA reports gas hasn't been this low, during this time of year, since 2004.

"Eleven years that's good. They can keep going down. I remember when it was $4 a gallon plus that was in Florida, where I was eight years ago," said Gary Adams.

Gas station workers in Ocean Springs said last Friday is when their gas first dipped below $2. There's been a steady drop since. On Wednesday, gas went down two cents, according to workers.
And when one station drops gas prices other stations tend to follow the trend, so do drivers.

"I saw it go down the other day. And I thought, well I'll just wait a couple more days and see how it goes. I heard it was going to start going down below $2 so that makes me very excited. We have four cars that we fill up a week, so yea it's going to help us out a lot," said Beverly Lanzer.

AAA points to a steep decline in the cost of crude oil as the cause for the dip.

"I just returned from Jacksonville, Florida and gas there was roughly $2.40 a gallon. So glad to be back in Mississippi," Charles Hamilton said.

Cheaper gas also means less money for long distance work commuters.

"I will definitely get on the road more with gas prices being down and I happen to drive back and forth to Gulfport every day so gas under $2 a gallon makes me smile," said Hamilton.

Currently the national average price of gas is $2.59 a gallon, but that dollar figure is much lower on the coast. Murphy Express and Circle K gas stations running a price of $1.94 on Wednesday.
And a Chevron right down the road following close behind at $2.05 a gallon.

AAA states, gas prices are expected to continue to drop with Fall just around the corner.
It's a time when demand starts to decline.

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