LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Gas prices look to be the cheapest they've been a long time.
"I'm loving it," said Marshall driver Corey McCoy. "It's great. I can go and see my parents in Houston, back and forth and not worry about the gas prices."
"Oh sure, you can go across country cheaper than you could 3 or 4 years ago," said Lufkin driver Ron Badeaux.
In fact, according to AAA, the national average is less than half the price it has been since 2011 at $1.69. At the Crown Colony Shell in Lufkin, as of Tuesday, it's $1.59 and drivers can hardly recall the last time they've seen prices so low.
"It's been quite a while, I don't even remember," Badeaux said. "It's certainly been a while."
"It's been years since we got a break on gas," said Corrigan driver Earlie Baldwin.
"It was over ten years ago or more, you know, but these prices no are really great," McCoy said.
However, some drivers say these East Texas prices aren't low enough, compared to nearby Houston, who has gas as low as $1.29.
"I mean compared to south of here and north of here, they could be a little lower," Baldwin said.
However, the chance of prices getting any lower isn't likely. According to GasBuddy, states in the Midwest have already slowed their production volume, which means costs will probably begin to rise.
"We need to put up for a rainy day so when it goes back up, we can be prepared," joked McCoy.
"We'll just have to enjoy them while they're still low, Baldwin said.
The United States Energy and Information administration predicted that, although rising, the national gas price will remain under $2.00 a gallon.
As of Tuesday, the cheapest gas in our viewing area is in Nacogdoches, both Kroger and Murphys are priced at $1.31.