HOUSTON, TX - For the first time in years, gas prices are going down.
Thanks to a boom in U.S. oil production and an end to the summer driving season, petroleum analysts are predicting the lowest gasoline prices in four years. Though you might not know it looking around town. Everywhere we looked, a gallon of regular old unleaded was still sky high. So where are the low prices?
Well, if really you want to save a buck, you're going to have to get off the freeway. At the Buc-ee's down Crab River Road in Sugar Land, we found unleaded going for $2.99 a gallon, fifty-cents cheaper than in town. Which just goes to show that even though the crude prices are down, not everyone's ready to let go of your penny just yet. Or else they're hoping you just won't notice.
Which begs the question: is it worth a drive out to the burbs to save an extra 50-cents a gallon?
"Absolutely," says Pam Robinson, "and I don't understand why the prices are different at all the different gas stations."
"It's mostly the regular gas stations, like Shell, Chevron, you know the name gas stations, that are still up there," Deandrea Broussard says.
So if you're heading out of town this weekend, you might wait to fill up until you're out of the city.
With prices this low, you could almost bathe in it. But please don't.