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Gas prices drop for holiday travel, still higher than last year

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RALEIGH--Traveling for the holidays? Drivers in Raleigh are preparing to hit the highways.

"Probably going to Washington, D.C.," said Carolyn Murphy.

"We're actually going to drive to Atlanta," said John Pelligrino.

Right now they're seeing some of the lowest prices of the year.

"It's affordable, but I would like to see it come on down," said Murphy.

The national average for regular unleaded is $3.34 a gallon, but it's much cheaper in Raleigh.

The Shell station on South Saunders Street had it for $3.22 a gallon. If you're on the road this season, try using a mobile app like Gas Buddy. It will tell you the closest place to get the cheapest gas.

The average right now in North Carolina is $3.30 per gallon. That still more expensive than this time last year, when the average was $3.29 per gallon.

"Wasn't too long ago it was close to four dollars a gallon," said Rich Carson.

That's too much for these drivers. They're concerned about what the fiscal cliff might bring.

"My biggest concern is what it could do to the economy because I don't want to see it disrupt it," said Pelligrino.

"When that comes into effect, the fiscal cliff, none of us know what's going to happen then," said Murphy.

Until then, a break at the pump is a Christmas gift for everyone on the road.

"Prices go down, maybe my paycheck will go up," said Carson.

"I think they need to keep coming on down til maybe like $2.30. That'd help a lot of people going on these trips and going out of town," said Murphy.

To check the national and state averages, and for travel tips, log onto AAA Fuel Gage Report.

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