By Ashley Hinson
LUBBOCK, TX – Drivers are experiencing Christmas early this year as gas prices reach their lowest level in 33 months.
According to AAA, the price of gas hasn’t been lower in three years and although the national average is up a few cents this week to $3.20, prices are still more than 20 cents lower than a year ago.
Filling up at the pump in Lubbock is even cheaper than the national average with prices at less than $2.80 around town.
Motorists said the falling prices will give them extra money to spend this holiday season.
“It's great,” said Ralph Bowen. “I like to see lower prices.”
Bowen said if he saves money in one place, he can spend it in another.
“It makes traveling easier if you're going out of town to visit relatives and things like that,” said Bowen.
Frank Greaves, a truck driver, is also thankful for the cheaper prices.
“With a big truck like this about half of what I make goes to fuel,” said Greaves. “So you’re happy when you can get some cheap fuel.”
Economists said the drop in prices is due to a lower demand, more production at home, and a quiet hurricane season in the gulf.