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(AP) - The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline fell 1 cent overnight to $3.23, a low for the year. The price is less than a penny more than at this time last year.

Below is some more information for drivers as the Christmas holiday travel season picks up:

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT:

Gas prices in the lower Atlantic states range from an average of $3.02 in South Carolina to $3.35 in West Virginia, according to AAA. Prices in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are a couple cents or more lower than a year ago. Georgia and West Virginia are higher.

ENJOY THE SAVINGS:

The average household uses about 62 gallons of gas a month, according to Oil Price Information Services. At Wednesday's national average, that's about $200 a month. But the government estimates that gas has averaged about $3.62 over the course of this year, which translates to monthly spending of $224.

ABOUT AVERAGE:

North Dakota and North Carolina are closest to the national average at $3.22 a gallon. Nebraska and Wisconsin are at $3.21, AAA says, while gas is selling for an average of $3.25 in Florida and Utah.


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