Gas prices low for Labor Day weekend

Tampa Bay, Florida-- Nearly 30 million travelers will be gassing up and hitting the road for the long holiday weekend.

Lucky for them, gas prices haven't been this low during a Labor Day weekend since 2010. We asked Mark Jenkins from Triple A if the gas prices will stay low.

"Usually during August gas prices are pretty volatile but so far this year with production, oil production supplies being so high gas prices have actually been declining," said Jenkins.

Jenkins went on to explain why gas prices continue to fluctuate.

"But gas prices right now are beginning to rise, it's not uncommon on Labor Day," said Jenkins. "More people are driving the demand for gasoline is higher."

According to Triple A's most recent fuel gauge report released Wednesday morning, the national average is $3.43 a gallon.

We are faring much better here in Tampa Bay with an average of $3.25 a gallon, which is up $.05 cents from yesterday but still down $0.08 from last month.

This time last year we were paying $3.41 a gallon in the Bay area.

Jenkins recommends getting gas as soon as possible if you need to fill up.

"Right now is the time to buy gas because prices may creep back up," said Jenkins.

We spent the morning checking out gas prices throughout the Bay Area and found prices ranging from $3.23 to $3.25 per gallon, something that experts say could change after the holiday.

"What we would expect is after Labor Day passes gas prices to go back down again," said Jenkins.

When you hit the road this weekend or anytime use as a guide to find the lowest gas prices in your area.


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