JOPLIN, MO.--- Drivers in the Four States are excited about the lower gas prices.
"Well, I drive from the edge of Arkansas to here. So, I drive an hour everyday. So, lower gas prices save me money and if I can save money, I'm happy," said Jimmy Lothes
In Missouri, gas prices have fallen by 7 cents in the last week. Yesterday, the state average was $3.15 per gallon. In Joplin, we found even cheaper prices anywhere between $3.01 and $3.05 a gallon. But drivers are still not convinced the low prices are here to stay.
"I don't think they'll last long, it never does. They go down and then they go back up, down and up, down and up. Hopefully for a while though," said Lothes.
Senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, Patrick Dehaan attributes the cheaper gas prices to the lower demand for gas during the winter time. He also says the recent political developments in the Middle East are affecting gas prices as well. Drivers in Joplin are still anxiously awaiting to see prices fall below $3.00.
"You know, I'm not sure. It just depends on the overall market and how things go that way for us," said Jeanine Poe, Station Manager.
The national average has fallen almost six cents to an average of $3.43. Missouri gas prices are 46 cents per gallon cheaper compared to last year, and almost 40 cents lower than last month.
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