Gas prices down, driving up

Government analysis shows the average household saving about $100 a month because of lower gas prices, and at least some of those savings are going to go right back into the gas tank.

Roughly three-quarters of Georgians plan to get away from home for at least a night this autumn, according to a survey released today by AAA.

Although nearly one-third of the travelers will be flying, three of every five travelers in the survey said the low price of gasoline makes a car trip more likely than it was a year ago.

“Driving may be the most cost-effective option for travelers,” said Garrett Townsend, spokesman for AAA in Georgia. “Low oil prices have pushed pump prices down, and gasoline could get another 10-20 cents cheaper as supplies rise and demand dips.”

Most of the trips – 85 percent — will be within the country, according to the survey, in which 400 Georgians participated, according to AAA.

A gallon of regular averages about $2.20 in metro Atlanta now, compared to $3.39 a year ago, according to AAA.