East Texans praise lower gas prices; truck sales climb

East Texans praise lower gas prices; truck sales climb
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Drive around Lufkin and you'll likely see prices on the cheap.

"I love it! I love it," said Darlene McKneely and Teresa Waggoner.

It's all thanks a steady decline in the price per barrel of oil.

Butch Crobbe and his wife are on their way to South Texas from Illinois and these prices are making it a lot easier to get there.

"It'll make things a little handier for me, you know? There's no telling what I'll spend that money on. 'Any idea of what you're going to spend it on?' I do, but I couldn't tell you, you wouldn't believe me," said Butch Crobbe.

The national average for fuel is $1.99, under $2 a gallon for the first time in seven years. Around town, prices are closer to  $1.65 a gallon.

"I think it's great! I'll go for two dollars a gallon but it should not be four," said Ray Smith.

"I like it, I drive a lot. I drive probably four or five thousand miles a month, so that's my number one traveling expense. So lower gas prices mean a whole lot to me," said Vernon Hargrade.

While many drivers here in Deep East Texas say the lower gas prices are everything, others say any lower, and it's not a good thing.

"We forget about the folks working in this industry. Not for the four dollar gap, we don't think about them then, but for the way that things are now. It's going to cut a lot of people out of jobs," Crobbe said.

And drivers aren't the only ones seeing more green in their wallets thanks to cheaper prices.

"They're not so concerned about fuel mileage anymore. They're more concerned about the check engine light being on or a repair that needs to be done," said Darien Allread, the president of Family Auto.

And falling gas prices is a trend expected to continue with many setting their sights on the one dollar mark.

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