published Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Gas prices drop in past year

PUMP PRICES

$3.29 — Average price of regular gas in Chattanooga on Tuesday

$3.52 — Average price of regular gas nationwide on Tuesday

$3.48 — Average price of regular gas in Chattanooga a month ago

$3.72 — Average price of regular gas in Chattanooga a year ago

Source: AAA Fuel Gauge Survey

Chattanooga gas prices have fallen 19 cents a gallon over the past month and are 43 cents a gallon below a year ago — the biggest yearly drop since the recession in 2009.

AAA reported Tuesday that pump prices at area service stations have declined steadily for the past two weeks as oil and other commodity prices have dropped. Oil fell as low as $86 a barrel on Tuesday before recovering and finishing slightly higher in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

But after a winter run up in prices, many motorists aren’t cheering about the recent drop. Many indicate they haven’t even noticed.

“I just gotta pay what I gotta pay,” said Larry Phillips, of Chattanooga. “If you put $20 in your gas tank and it fills up the tank, then you’ll notice. But when it’s just a few cents, you don’t notice.”

Susan Jochym, a self-employed accountant who drives 150 miles a day for her job, has noticed the cheaper prices at the pump.

“I try to fill up when it’s cheaper,” she said. “If gas is lower, I’ll take the scenic routes, just to enjoy the scenery while I drive. Like today, I’ll probably take the backroads instead of the interstate.”

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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