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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A year ago, the national average was $4.11 per gallon.

Georgians were paying an even $4 dollars and drivers were complaining; now many are thankful they're paying more than a $1.70 less.

"I remember people trying to get gas and people being lined up, but it's gone down a lot which is great," said Melody Beck, Albany.

The state's gas average is $2.31.

Diesel is $2.44, down from its peak of 4.85 the same day last year.

For Mike Myers last year's prices were a pain, his truck uses diesel and he's spending less to fill it up.

"With prices like they are now like $70-$80 bucks," said Mike Myers, Lee County

He welcomes the lower prices but is prepared for the worst.

"I pessimistic in that I don't expect it to stay this way," said Myers.

Melody Beck is not taking any chances and has since switched to a hybrid vehicle.

"The hybrid does something different as far as gas," said Beck.

$2.23 is not the lowest price she has seen. "As a child when it was 32 cents a gallon," said Beck.

But she's always reminded that it could be a lot worse.

"I think it's much more reasonable than what it was this time last year," said Beck.

"I don't look for them to stay this low I look for them to start creeping back to $4.50 or $5.00 like they were," said Myers.

And if prices start their climb he'll be prepared.

"Go ahead and buy me a bike and take advantage of the 40 miles per gallon mileage," said Myers.

If that's not enough miles per gallon he's got a more environmentally friendly way to travel.

"I've got a sticker on my bumper that says ‘save gas, ride a horse,' that's always another option," said Myers.

The national average peaked last July 17th but Georgia's highest recorded price was on September 15th 2008 at $4.23 a gallon according to AAA.

On Friday average price in Albany was $2.30 a gallon. It's $2.27 in Valdosta.

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