Fayette County

Gas prices drop a little in Kentucky, nation

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.”

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.