Now may be best time to plan a road trip

Now may be best time to plan a road trip

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Gas prices in metro New Orleans fell a nickel per gallon last week. The average price for regular unleaded is now $2.15/gallon.

According to, a gasoline price website, drivers could see some of the lowest gas prices since 2005. "This is the first time since the 2005 that we've seen such low gasoline prices combined with a strong economy, making it a great time to think about hitting the road this summer," GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said.

While DeHaan says gas prices in 2009 were close to what they are now, he says the economic climate was not. "Who was talking about hitting the road when your job was on the line? Who cared about how low gas prices were when you weren't sure if you could even pay all of your bills?"

New Orleans gas prices bucked the trend last week with its decline. Nationally, the price per gallon rose a nickel.

GasBuddy says the national average last week was $2.39/gallon.

GasBuddy reports a year ago today, 99.1% of gas stations were selling over $3.25/gallon. "We've come a long way, and we won't be looking back at that for quite some time," DeHaan declared.

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