JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Gas prices are averaging $2.20 per gallon for regular unleaded, according to GasBuddy.com. But many areas in Region 8 are reporting gas below $2.00 per gallon right now.
According to GasBuddy, the last time gas was below $2 was in December of 2008, when gas averaged $1.45 per gallon, and drivers in Region 8 are pleased with the money they are saving at the pump.
"Gas prices going down is great," Martha Rodriguez said.
"I love it. You can't beat it," Fred Stafford said.
"It's a nice little surprise that they've dipped down here," Jay Clevenger said.
"It normally takes about $100 to fill up this truck, but the last time I filled it up I think it was 45," Lisa Stacy said. "So I was very ecstatic."
Three locations in Jonesboro are selling gas for less than two dollars.
"On Nettleton, it's a $1.99, and me and my husband drove way over there yesterday to just put gas in our car," one driver said. "So I'm loving it."
With traveling over the holidays, the savings aren't going unnoticed.
"It does help," Rodriguez said. "It helps a lot. Any little thing helps."
"We are on our way out of town now," Stacy said. "That's why we are going because the gas prices are so low."
While the low prices are allowing some to visit family, others are excited to fill up on their way to support the Red Wolves.
"I mean the fuel bill the last couple of years down to Mobile has been something else," Clevenger said. "So maybe this dip in prices will help a little bit."
Michael Mahanna believes the dip in prices may encourage people to drive rather than fly.
"I imagine with the plane tickets as high as they are that a lot more people are driving since they've got cheap gas," Mahanna said.
But he said the savings may not last long.
"It won't last," Mahanna said. "Gas will be up again in another year."
He may be right, but others said they will enjoy it for as long as they can.
"I'd like to see them stay low," Clevenger said. "I think it's going to help free up some money for families that may be on a tight budget."
According to Arkansasgasprices.com, the average price of gas in Arkansas has fallen from $2.63 to $2.20 since the end of November.