MANATEE -- Some local drivers are filling up at the gas pump more often, but not spending any of the savings from lower fuel prices.
"I'm keeping my tank full more often," said David Hallock who owns a tree service company. "I used to keep only a quarter of a tank before when the prices were higher."
According to Gas Buddy, a price-watch website, the national average for regular gas was $2.25 a gallon, while the Florida average was $2.35 as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The the national average was $1.05 less than a year ago.
Hallock said lower prices are helping his business's bottom line.
"About half my business is on Longboat Key and I drive 30 miles about three times a week out there from where I live in Bradenton," he said. "Who wouldn't like it?"
Paul Caruso, who was pumping gas at the Whitfield BP, 6812 14th St. W., on Wednesday, was more philosophical about the low prices.
"It doesn't matter," Caruso said. "Driving beats walking."
He said now that the prices are low the government will probably raise taxes on gasoline.
"You're going to lose no matter what," Caruso said.
According to Bankrate.com, Florida taxes every gallon of gasoline at 16.6 cents, while the federal government gets 18.4 cents per gallon. Manatee County adds another 19.2 cents.
Bob Young, who was adding gas to his tank at the BP station, said he does not know how much lower the prices will go.
"I thought it was going to stop about 50 cents ago," Young said. "There's got to be a bottom here soon."