Gloria Haines feels as if she has received an early Christmas present and is happy to pass it on.
The Oklahoma City piano teacher racks up significant mileage on her Nissan Altima, traveling throughout the metro area — and frequently into Kansas — to provide lessons.
The average price of a gallon of gasoline has tumbled more than 75 cents a gallon over the past three months, saving Haines about $10 per tank.
“That's more money this year to spend on other people instead of spending on gas,” Haines said. “I think it makes people a little bit more generous and lets them think more about other people this season. You have to think about where you can find a little bit of money to spend on other people, and this helps.”
Haines filled up for $2.79 a gallon Monday.
“For me, it doesn't change how much I drive, because I have to drive to make money,” she said. “But the savings helps. Every little bit helps.”
The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on Monday dropped to $3.01, the lowest average price of the year and down 9 cents over the past week, according to AAA's fuelgaugereport.com.
AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said the statewide price is expected to drop below $3 a gallon on Tuesday for the first time since February 2011.
“We're seeing very low demand, and supplies are healthy,” Mai said. “There is really no bad news on the horizon that might influence crude oil or gasoline prices. Everything is pointing toward maybe another dime or 15-cent decline.”