SAN ANTONIO – Never mind the jingle bells and Christmas carols, what some drivers say is music to their ears this holiday season is the sound of saving money at the pump.
Drivers all across the country are hitting the road for the holidays, and paying about a dollar less for a gallon of gasoline than they were at this time last year.
According to AAA's online fuel gauge, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.35. During the same time last year, that price was about $3.25/gallon.
Average prices in Texas and the city of San Antonio fall below the national average, at $2.12/gallon. That is also down from last year, when San Antonio drivers paid an average of $3.04, and drivers, statewide, paid about $3.06/gallon.
At several stations in the San Antonio area, prices have even dropped below the $2 mark.
"I just saw the sign for $1.99," said Aaron Guzman. "I hadn't seen that in 20 years. I don't know, it's amazing."
Guzman, who had just arrived in town from Houston Wednesday morning, was surprised to find what seemed like a gift from the "Ghost of Christmas Past"—gas for less than $2/gallon.
Jose Monsivais, meanwhile, already had experience with the lower prices from a road trip he made earlier in the week.
"I usually fill my car up with $50 but the other day, I pumped gas in League City and I got it for $34, a full tank and everything," Monsivais said.
He plans to spend Christmas in Mexico with his grandmother, and said he may use the money he saved on gas to buy her gifts.
Regardless of whether he ends up in heavy traffic, Monsivais said the low gas prices are enough to keep him smiling throughout his six hour drive.
Guzman, though, is a bit more reserved, saying he suspects the happy times may only be temporary.
"When (the price) goes back up, we're going to be crying," he said