Gas prices dropping, consumers hope trend continues

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. (WPVI) – Gas prices are falling across the region. They’re down 11 cents in Pennsylvania over the past week, according to AAA. People are hoping that prices will only keep falling.

“It would be nice if at some point we started regularly with a three instead of a four,” said Wynnewood’s Frank Tavani.

AAA says anything is possible.

“If they go below $4, anything is possible, they could reverse course and get back up towards $5, yes they could,” said Jana Tidwell, spokeswoman for the AAA.

People are now starting to feel some relief at the pump. According to the AAA, gas prices are down 50 cents after hitting historically high prices in June.

“I feel good that at least they’re getting down somewhere from where they were before, but they’re never going to get that low,” said Clifton Harris of West Philadelphia.

According to AAA, the national average fell three cents overnight to $4.49 a gallon — down from 16 cents last week. South Jersey averages $4.52 while Delaware is down to $4.38 a gallon.

According to AAA, multiple factors are driving prices up or down. Supply and demand aside, what matters is the price of crude oil – prices fell below $100 a barrel last week. However, consumers are making changes due to record prices.

“People are adjusting their behavior to compensate for higher gas prices… work, school, or even play,” Tidwell explained.

A recent AAA Mid Atlantic survey found that 65% of PA drivers are adjusting their daily driving behavior due to high gas prices.

“Not vacations, we all need a break, but I’ve been trying to consolidate travel,” Tavani said.

Of these drivers, 45% accumulate trips while 35% avoid driving whenever possible.

“I think people are doing what they have to do, they still have work to do, it’s the summer kids at camp, so I think people are making it work and pulling from other places,” Wynnefield resident Storm Foreman said .

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