AAA auto club says the average price of gas has now dipped below $2 a gallon in 18 states, including Tennessee. WPLN talked to drivers filling up in MetroCenter for $1.86.
“It’s more affordable for us to go home,” says TSU student Rosalyn Fitzgerald, who has been taking her kids back to Memphis more often. “Usually, we would spend maybe $50. Now that the gas prices are lower, we’re spending like $30 at the most.”
Treva Gordon is a magazine publisher from Clarksville who says she commutes 100 miles a day.
“I’m from Clarksville, but I’m in Nashville. I’ve got to go past Bowling Green today. I’ve got some other stops to make,” she says. “I’m all over the place so I’m very thankful.”
Sean Gilbride is a software engineer from Brentwood who says he doesn’t pay close attention to gas prices, though he’s welcomed the steep decline.
“It’s not like we’re saving money, because I’m just spending it elsewhere,” he says. “But that’s okay. It helps our economy.”
By contrast, groundskeeper TJ Gooch says the drop in gas prices has helped him sock away some money.
“Me personally, I’ve just actually kind of started a gas-saving fund simply because I know gas is not always going to be this cheap,” he says.
A year ago, the average price of gas in Nashville was $3.16.