First day of spring brings gift for metro motorists: Falling gas prices

If you’re traveling Friday near a Shell or QuickTrip in the 4200 or 4300 block of Bells Ferry Road in Kennesaw or a RaceTrac in the same vicinity, you might want to pull in and filler ‘er up.

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Those stations were selling regular unleaded at $1.93 Friday, the lowest prices in the metro area on the first day of spring.

Despite the switch over to summer gas blends, which normally would drive gas prices higher and keep them higher, the cost at the pump has fallen in recent days in metro Atlanta and across the state and nation, according to the latest data from GasBuddy and AAA.

The average price for regular unleaded in metro Atlanta Friday was $2.25 a gallon, compared with $2.23 a gallon for the state and $2.43 for the nation, according to GasBuddy. The metro average was down 5 cents from a week ago, although the price was where it was a month ago.

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Kevin Butt, owner of KB Cleaning Services Inc. in Powder Springs, travels around 120 miles a day to clean gas chartcarpets. He said he has to fill up three to four times a week.

“It’s helped me a lot,” Butt said of the drop in gas prices. “I would say I’ve saved at least a hundred dollars a week.”

Butt, who shops at Kroger, where he said he can get at least 10 cents off a gallon of gas through the grocery chain’s fuel incentive program, said the price cut has allowed him put longer-lasting, higher-octane fuel in his tank.

The drop in prices at the pump is being helped a glut of crude oil in the U.S., which has pushed crude oil prices down about 15 percent from this year’s peak, according to a Bloomberg report. Crude oil prices are near a six-year low, and prices for gas from refineries reflect the decline.

While the drop in prices cuts into the profits of big oil companies, it’s a windfall for consumers, and businesses that rely heavily on delivering products and services on wheels.

Butt said he spent nearly $5,000 on gas last year, but expects to spend just more than half that amount if the current price trends continue this year. “It’s giving me a lot of savings so far,” Butt said.

In addition to the lowest metro prices at those stations in Kennesaw, regular unleaded could be found Friday for $1.99 at a QuickTrip on Richard D. Sailors Parkway in Powder Springs, a Kroger on Brownsville Road in Powder Springs, a Shell station on Marietta Street at New Mackland Road in Powder Springs and an Exxon station on Panola Road in Ellenwood.

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