Price of gas expected to drop in 2014

      EUGENE, Ore. - AAA is predicting gas prices will continue to drop both across the country and region this year.

      The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the United States was $3.49 in 2013, down from a 2012 average of $3.60/gallon.

      In Oregon last year, drivers paid around $3.63 per gallon.

      However, experts believe that will fall slightly in 2014.

      "There will be some relief in the next year," said Barbara Nichols with AAA. "We have a better supply of gasoline right now. Cars are also more economical, so fuel is not being used as fast."

      AAA is estimating a $0.05 decrease over the next 12 months.

      Drivers in Lane County had mixed reaction about the trend.

      Brian Gamboa, a student at Lane Community College, said gas prices impact the amount of driving he does.

      "You're going to drive more when gas is lower. Nobody wants to go drive around and do anything when gas is like $4 a gallon," Gamboa said.

      Scott Vollstedt said he believes driving remains an affordable way to travel, and small fluctuations do not impact his bottom line.

      "Road trips are a good way to get around," he said, "and if the gas prices go up, you just have to deal with it and take it as it comes."