Gas prices at most Cherokee County filling stations have dropped below $2 and the trend of cheaper fuel is expected to continue through December here and throughout the U.S.
Stations across the Weiss Lake area currently range from $1.98 per gallon to $2.00.
AAA says there several factors contributing to the lower gas prices including:
– Gas stations switching from the more expensive summer blend, which although better for the environment is more expensive to produce
-Higher supply and lower demand for gas once the summer vacation season is over
– A drop in the price per barrel of crude oil
– International conditions, such as the decline in China’s economy leading to less consumption of oil and the prospects of Iran increasing oil production because of an easing of sanctions by the U.S.
Last year, national average gas prices hit a low of $2.03. According to American Petroleum Institute, Alabama is now the second-cheapest state in terms in gas prices with an average price of $2.163, second to South Carolina with an average price of $2.103.
The Alabama average will drop less overall than the national average, because the state average is so low right now so there’s not much room to drop.