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Georgia's gas prices are lowest of year

You can thank the government shutdown for something positive. According to AAA, the debates in Washington, D.C. have helped Georgia’s gas prices to drop to the lowest average all year.

“This time of year, we usually see lower gas prices since there is a lull in (vacation) driving after Labor Day,” AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady said. “The shutdown is having a lot of negative impacts, but on the other side, national gas prices go down.”

Another reason prices are lower in the fall season is that the blend of gasoline changes, which is a little cheaper, according to Brady.

With Tropical Storm Karen out of the mix, prices could continue to drop for the next two weeks.

“We’ve already seen gas prices drop,” Brady said. “I will say that this is Georgia’s lowest average all year. In the next couple of weeks, we could see prices drop another 5 to 10 cents.”

The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.35, 6 cents less than last week. Georgia’s average of $3.23 dropped 3 cents.

According to GasBuddy.com, the cheapest gas in Gwinnett is $3.06 a gallon.