Lewis Diuguid

Bonanza at gas pump benefiting motorists and merchants

Falling oil prices have been a windfall for motorists and merchants at the pump.
Falling oil prices have been a windfall for motorists and merchants at the pump. The Associated Press

A weekend trip across state to visit relatives helped me realize how much people must be saving when they have to fill up their gas tank to travel.

My partner Bette and I stopped to get gas at a station, where I had to prepay to fill up my four-cylinder Toyota Corolla. In the winter, the car gets about 36 miles to the gallon on the highway, and the tank on Sunday morning was about half empty after the drive from Kansas City and around the St. Louis area, covering about 296 miles.

I gave the attendant $25, which is what I normally pay for a fill-up when the price is about $2.50 a gallon. But gas prices are far from normal now at $1.78 because of falling oil prices caused by the supply far exceeding the demand.

I realized what a difference that makes when I could only squeeze $16.02 worth of gas in the car’s tank. That allowed us to get two extra large coffees with snacks and still get back $3 in change. Many others at the St. Louis area convenience store used their windfall to buy lottery tickets.

That kind of gas pump bonanza is being repeated elsewhere to the benefit of motorists and merchants.

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