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Prices at the pump continue to drop

By Melissa Gaona, mgaona@wdbj7.com
Published On: Oct 14 2013 07:28:42 AM EDT
Updated On: Oct 14 2013 12:39:40 PM EDT

The national average is $3.35, 46 cents lower than this time last year.

ROANOKE, Va. -

U.S. and global markets are working to evaluate the impact of the federal government shutdown and renewed U.S. debt ceiling concerns, while retail gas prices continue to march steadily lower.

Gas prices across the country have been in steady decline and drivers are sharing in the welcome relief at the pump.

The national average for regular unleaded gasoline dropped to $3.35 per gallon Friday, down two cents from a week ago, down 21 cents from a month ago, and 46 cents less than a year ago.

AAA expects that retail prices will continue to fall in the coming months.

Sufficient supplies, flat demand and cheaper winter-blend gasoline mean motorists are likely to pay less to fill their tank.

However, as the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Mid-Atlantic region very well knows the havoc a late-season storm can bring.

While this year's storm season has been relatively quiet, it doesn't officially end until November 30th.

With the holidays right around the corner here are some tips to save even more money on gas.

Fueleconomy.gov says avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your MPG by 1 to 2 percent.

Also avoid excessive idling. Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on the engine size and air conditioning.

Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and will save gas.

When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.