Filling Tanks For Less

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

May 25, 2005

"In the state of Virginia we are finding that the average price is around $2.03 per gallon, which is down 10 cents from last month, but still up 8 cents over the year," said Mary Gordon of AAA.

Some local gas stations have seen a 30 cent drop in the last few weeks.

"The high price used to be $2.29," said Chun Choe who manages a Chevrolet station.

Commuters say they have felt the biggest difference.

"I'm going to be able to drive back and forth to town and go to Whole Foods and get my groceries and do everything that I need to do," said Mary Elizabeth Gillian of Albemarle County.

Prices are dropping partly because the cost of crude oil is going down.

"Where ever the price per barrel is, generally dictates what our gas prices are going to be at the pump," explained Gordon.

"The gas prices as high as they are, we figured before the big peak of the weekend, we were taking off and filling up now," said Sandy Brady, who is visiting Charlottesville.

Will prices continue to fall or will they rise, which is traditional of Memorial Day weekend?

"It generally does tend to go up over Memorial Day and we still have a couple days left, so I would just tell everybody to fill-up soon and hope that the pricing doesn't increase too much," said Gordon.

Local prices are falling, however, much slower than Virginia's average. Charlottesville continues to have the most expensive gas in the region--averaging $2.10 on Tuesday.

The National gas average is $2.11, which is down 10 cents from last month.

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