One year after gas prices surged to record high, drivers are relieved

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Exactly one year ago Friday, drivers across America were paying the highest gas prices ever; shelling out just over $4 a gallon.

AS of Friday the national average stands at $2.48 gallon, down nearly 40% from last year's surge. KTRE talked to people at the pump Friday, who said they vividly remember last summer's dreaded trips to fill-up.

"I'm still staying in town mostly, I usually don't travel like I used to," said Sharlon Canada, driver. "[If] gas gets down to about $1.50, I'll be alright," he said.

Canada said anything is better than $4 a gallon. Last year gas prices were driven by the unexpected rise in crude oil.

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