News 12 at 6, July 4, 2007
Augusta -- Gas prices around the country are still hovering around $3 bucks, but experts say that isn't stopping people from hitting the roads during this Independence Day.
Gas prices are still higher than any of us would like; but the facts are facts, they are getting smaller.
And some folks say that's allowing them to make a few more trips.
For nearly two years, gas prices have been flirting with the dreaded $3.00 mark.
But year after year, summer after summer, people continue to pay up at the pump so that they can take trips and this year is no different.
AAA says it is expecting more than 40 million people to hit the road this year, which includes nearly 1.2 million in Georgia and several hundred thousand in South Carolina.
But not Derrick Neely. "We had intentions of visiting my son in Warner Robins, however, gas prices has made that cut back," he said.
Art Heuring, who spends $200 a week in gas just on his boat, says the prices are just part of life now. "It doesn't slow me down from vacations because we don't get that many anyway. You have to take 'em when you get 'em,” he said.
AAA says the average gas price in the Augusta-Aiken area right now is $2.72; that’s about 22 cents cheaper than the national average, which is about 25 cents less expensive than a month ago.
But don't hold your breathe, prices are expected to rise again pretty soon.
Something you may not know is that AAA says more people who live in the Southeast drive on vacation than anywhere else in the country.