Kent County, Mich (WZZM) For the first time since May, the pain at the pump is a little less painful. "It's not bad at least it's going down," said driver Erin Hitchcock.
Prices are below 4 dollars, but you still have to search for the good deals. "The last I noticed it was $3.98 right by my house on Plainfield," said Tom Reynolds of Grand Rapids.
At the intersection of Michigan and Fuller the competing Speedway and Shell stations are selling for $3.97. It's a much different story in Lowell and Cannonsburg where customers are fueling up for $3.86 and $3.94 respectively.
"The last few months, prices have gone wild." Don Kurylowicz is an independent owner. His station on Cannonsburg Road sells unleaded for 3.84. He says there are two factors. First, he's not near a major chain and his storage tank is small.
"The prices drop rather quickly. So if you got a load that is 15 or 20 cents more and the next couple days it's cheaper, you still have to pump that out before you can lower your price," said Kurylowicz.
There is some good news. Patrick DeHaan who runs a website called the gas game dot com monitors the local prices and he says drivers will be getting a sustained break on prices.
"I think any sort of advice right now would be to just buy what you need to get to the next place because gas will definitely be going down a few cents every day for the next three to five days at least," said DeHaan.