Gas prices dip below $3 in some states ahead of holidays

(NBC News) - Rush hour has been a bit more bearable for drivers over the last few weeks thanks in part to a significant drop in prices at the pump.

"Most people are paying the cheapest gas prices of the year right now," said AAA spokesman Michael Green.

It's a break most appreciate as they steer toward the holiday season.

"Every penny matter to me," said one driver.

The national average is near $3 a gallon.

That's the lowest it's been in three years.

Analyst say key signs indicate prices haven't reached the bottom of the barrel.

"They're gonna continue to fall probably another .10-.15-.20 cents per gallon by the end of the year," Green said.

Analysts cite a boom in U.S. production and stability in the supply and pricing from OPEC as major factors contributing to the drop in prices.

Of course, most drivers don't care about the reasons, they're just happy to be paying a little less at the pump.

"I'll take the 10-20 cents," said Fort Worth driver Gerine Corbitt.

Only the results, helps the pocket book and economy.

And that helps to make the ride a little smoother.


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