Drivers Scramble For Gas Below $3 Per Gallon In Gahanna

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For a brief period on Monday, some central Ohio drivers scrambled to take advantage of gas prices that haven't  been seen in months.

$2.99 was the magic number at Speedways in Gahanna all afternoon.

But right around 4 p.m., the price for a gallon of regular jumped .39 cents to $3.38 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

Several drivers were able to fill up just in time.

Every gas pump at the Gahanna Speedway on Hamilton Road was occupied Monday afternoon, and at some points, there even was a wait for a pump.  

"It's crazy," said Tim Pattee.

It's been 10 months since central Ohio has seen gas prices below $3.

Pattee's car requires premium, and he says he simply couldn't afford to fill up all at once when prices were hovering around $4.

"I've been filling up like $10 or $15 at a time, because it's so high, so I can fill up all the way now, so it's awesome!" said Pattee.

Many people have been asking why gas prices took a dramatic decline.

AAA says the government shutdown could be the reason nationwide, because fewer federal workers are on the roadways, causing a shift in supply and demand.

In Columbus, gas prices are a little bit higher, with the average price per gallon at $3.19, according to AAA.

That is down .14 cents from last week and considerably lower than last month, when it cost right around $3.54 a gallon.

Experts say another reason for the dip in prices could be improving relations in the Middle East.

But as cities like Gahanna saw on Monday, the dip might not last long.

If you spot a deal, take advantage of it right away.

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