Gas prices drop around middle Georgia; experts say expect it to continue

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Gas prices are taking a dive around middle Georgia, under $3 in the first time in years. 

At gas stations up and down I-75 in Bibb county, drivers are pulling in and filling up..
“It’s refreshing to go up to the gas tank and fill my car up for $40,” one driver said. 
For the first time in a while gas in under three dollars a gallon. 
According to AAA the national average for regular unleaded is $3.09.
In Georgia that number is just under three dollars.  
“It’s great. It’s been a long time coming and I think it’s an advantage for the consumer,” one driver said. 
Travelers say it is a stress reliever when they head to the pump. 
“I farm for a living and everything revolves around the gas prices and the diesel so it’s great,” one driver said. 
Dozens of people are coming to the gas stations to take advantage of the prices at the pump. They say they don’t know when they’ll see under three dollar again so they want to take advantage. 
“For most of us people who work hard during the week it seems like the money just goes through our fingers so quickly whether it’s buying groceries or buying gas,” another driver said. 
“…bills to be paid. Under $30 that has to be great. Sometimes it’s like $40 so if you save $10 that’s great,” one person said. 
Officials with triple say we can expect the trend to continue. 
“Now how much is uncertain. The reason it’s going to drop is because of a higher level of domestic production,” Rudy Garza, a spokesperson with AAA said. 
Drivers say they’ll take it, and are looking forward to filling their tanks in the coming months. 
“Helps them go where they need to go. They can’t put off nothing. They’re able to feel happy that they can fill they’re pump respectfully and it doesn’t take as much as it used to to fill it up,” one driver said. 

Rudy Garza with AAA says since the first quarter of this year, the U.S. has outpaced Saudi Arabia as the number one oil producer in the world. 
He says experts predict that statistic to continue for the next 15 years. 
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