A political upheaval or a hurricane could change things at any time. But, for now, most Kentuckians and much of the rest of the nation are getting a respite from paying $4 or more for a gallon of gas.
The welcome drop is linked to the decrease in the value of crude oil, said Christopher Oakford, spokesman for AAA Blue Grass/Kentucky. “There are so many variables that can affect the cost of gas that it's impossible to predict what would happen in the future.”
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In the Lexington area, regular gasoline could be found as cheap as $3.68 per gallon on Monday.
The average price for a gallon of regular in the Lexington area on Monday was $3.80, compared with $3.99 a gallon a week earlier. Average prices had also dropped statewide (to $3.84 from $4 a week ago) and nationally (to $3.95 from $4.06).
Kentuckians haven't seen the cost of regular so low since May 22, Oakford said.
“It's definitely an improvement,” said Crystal Dempsey-Gillum, who commutes between her home in Winchester and her job in Frankfort.
Dempsey-Gillum and her husband, Chris, who works in Lexington, are down to one car to save gas — she now drops him off at his job on her way to hers.
“It's (lower prices) helped some, but not enough to change our driving habits,” she said.