ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Gas prices are lower than they were this time last year and people are finally able to breathe that sigh of relief at the gas pump.
“It’s helping out tremendously, tremendously,” said Michael Lewis, a customer filling up his car for $3.09 a gallon. “What it takes me to fill up now versus what it took me to fill up this time last year, it’s ridiculous, it cost me $80 to fill up my car.”
According to GasBuddy, the average price for a gallon in Roanoke Friday was $2.92. It was $3.23 in Lynchburg and $2.96 in Christiansburg.
“$5 can get me more than a quarter tank now, before you’d have to put twelve in to get a quarter tank,” said local Beth Ashbaugh.
Prices are down thanks to crude oil costs relaxing after a tense year says Mike O’Connor, president of Virginia Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Association.
“What you’re seeing is almost a dollar-for-dollar equivalent that the street price goes down as crude goes down,” he said.
It doesn’t mean relief across the board though. O’Connor adds that diesel is still expensive, which means transportation for other goods is still expensive as well.