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Gas prices giving consumers a nice ride

Several gas stations in northeast Ohio are displaying gas prices lower than $3.  (Source: WOIO) Several gas stations in northeast Ohio are displaying gas prices lower than $3. (Source: WOIO)

With gas prices heading under three dollars a gallon in many parts of Cleveland, drivers are, of course, breathing a sigh of relief.

"I'm glad to see it go down. You need to because your monthly bills are going up, and it's a good thing," said Ken Smith of Akron.

"That's great. It should be like a 1.99 though!" adds Christopher Erskine of Cleveland.

In fact, Some parts of the country are seeing their prices dip to $2.75 a gallon.

"I'm happy to see them go lower, but I think they should be a lot lower than they are. It seems like as the price of oil goes down, the gas prices don't follow as much," said Jim McHale of Gates Mills.

There was a time when you wouldn't mind paying $3.29 a gallon, right? But actually, that's one of the highest prices we found in Mayfield Village.

But, paying on the higher end in the Cleveland area doesn't bother Michael Spinale much.

"We're from Michigan, so we are used to paying more than most other states in the country - especially Ohio. We're a good 20-30 cents higher per gallon. So, to come down here is actually kind of a pleasure," said Spinale of Michigan.

Industry experts say lower ethanol prices and cheaper winter blends will help keep the prices heading downward. Some say the lower gas prices are a sign that the economy is on the road to recovery.

"Hopefully, it's a good sign. They say it's like a tax break for everyone, so hopefully, that will help things in the economy overall," adds McHale.

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