Labor Day drivers find $2.99 gas in SA

Average price $3.22 and dropping

By Marilyn Moritz - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Before Jim Kelly drove the family SUV back home to Willis Monday, there was one more sight to see: gas going for $2.99 a gallon.

"It's not cheap, it's just lower," he said.

Labor Day travelers are seeing the lowest gas prices for any Labor Day since 2010.

At the H-E-B on Austin Highway, there were bumper to bumper lines of drivers wanting to take advantage of $2.99 gas. Ditto for the Murphy USA at the Walmart down the road as both retailers continued their promotions discounting gas 10 to 15 cents a gallon.

"This is the only place I've seen it so cheap," said driver Yvette Berlanga.

The average local price is $3.22, 12 cents less than a month ago and 18 cents less than last Labor Day, according to AAA.

Drivers are paying the lowest gas prices in nearly six months, and pump prices are expected to ease up on the wallet even more.

With summer vacations over, there will be less demand for fuel. And as the temperatures cool, retailers will switch over to winter blends, which are less expensive to produce.

"I wish it would go lower, especially with this monster," said Joey Sotelo, who was putting a half of a tank of gas into his Yukon. A full tank costs him about $90, so he looks forward to any reprieve from spring and summer gas prices.

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