Gas prices down for July 4th holiday

 Despite rising gas taxes, prices will be down this holiday weekend. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Despite rising gas taxes, prices will be down this holiday weekend. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Drivers are getting a present for the 4th of July. Gas prices are down.

Tom Kloza of the website Gas Buddy.com says fuel prices are down to the level of a year ago even though gas taxes have gone up in some locations.

“If you are in the middle-Atlantic area you are going to pay about what you paid last year,” said Kloza. “The average prices are about the same but there’s a lot more deals out there, there’s a lot more of what I call the super savers.”

Kloza says many drivers get stuck paying more than they have to because they wait until the gas gauge is nearly on “empty.”

“If you take an active role in choosing your gasoline you can save 10 to 15 cents off the average on average.”

He says that could mean the difference between $3.40 at a traditional gas station and maybe $3.22 at a wholesale club where you need a membership.

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