Drivers Enjoying the Drop in Gas Prices

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

BRAZOS COUNTY Drivers across the Brazos Valley, it's time to go for a drive. We've seen a significant price drop at the pump over the past two weeks. While the price is putting a smile on the face of many drivers, commercial businesses who frequently fill up are saying the cost for fuel is still burning a hole in their wallet.

"They are definitely low,” said driver, David Neeley.

At the rate prices are going, many drivers say filling up isn't so gloomy these days.

“Well it's the first time I've noticed it's this low, but it's going the right direction,” said one driver.

While some might be curious as to why…

“I don't know why they're dropping so low. Are the oil prices going down or up?" questioned Neeley.

Others say they're just going with the flow. AAA credits lots of supply, low demand and a shift to cheaper winter-blend gasoline production for the price drop. Peter Block says given the distance he drives and the rate the fuel prices are now, he's already saving a nice chunk of change.

“I am on the road all week and it's gone from $70 a tank to, well I fueled up for $40 today,” Block said.
"Nicole: That's $30 in savings.
Block: “Yep. [pauses] It's more profit in my pocket.

The average for drivers nation-wide is $3.23 a gallon, but here locally News 3 found prices hovering at $2.85 a gallon - that's down a whopping 38 cents. Even the most expensive gas we could find in our area only hits at $3.07. Commercial drivers like the price, but they say the drop is not nearly enough.

"I mean I'm glad they're coming down but they're nowhere near what they were,” said Richard Benavides of the Climate Doctor.

Richard Benavides works for Climate Doctors and his truck is his office. He says the company spends up to $1,000 bucks a week on fuel and hopes for a continuous drop that will pump up his profits.

“For business owners that rely on driving their vehicles every day and having to go from job to job, it's still not good enough for us,” said Benavides.

AAA says it expects the gas price decline to continue unless a hurricane or other major event disrupts supply.

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