Motorists spending less on gas this July 4

Motorists spending less on gas this July 4

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Motorists are spending less on gas for the July 4 holiday.

AAA said Independence Day gasoline prices should be the lowest they've been since 2005.

This is good news for holiday drivers who are passing through the Hattiesburg area.

Some said gas prices are a factor when they make travel plans, while others said it really does not matter.

"When the gas is cheap, you travel," said Carla Anderson of Tyler, Texas, who was traveling home from a trip to Florida.

"I was going to go no matter what, but it's nice to pay less," said Peter Richards of Jackson, another holiday traveler.

"It's the lowest it's been in quite a while and it doesn't look like it's going to go back up so take advantage of it right now while you can," said Richard Parrish, supervisor for Dandy Dan's in Hattiesburg.

The national average price for a gallon of gas is $2.30.

But, in the Hattiesburg area, it is much cheaper, with some gas below $2.

AAA on Monday predicted 43 million people will travel during the Independence Day holiday. Thirty-six million of those will drive.

This is an increase of 1.2 percent over last year.