BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Gas prices dipped into the low 2's in the St. Louis area Wednesday. The prices are the lowest in four years. One station was selling gas for $2.20 a gallon. Some stations were selling gas for $2.00 a gallon if a car wash was purchased.
A number of visitors at the Way of Lights display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows said lower gas prices drove their decision to drive to Belleville. The display includes nearly 2 million lights on a miles and a half stretch. There are also camel rides, a free children's village and a place to eat and shop.
"We live an hour away so it really helped influence our decision," said one visitor.
"It makes it easier for people to get here from longer distances," said National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows spokesman Chris Diel. "At the same time since gas prices are down, they may be able to come back more than just once."
Some experts estimate the average family could spend approximately $1,000 less on gas prices in the coming year compared to last year. Increase oil production in the U.S. is one reason experts say prices are low right now. Some experts predict gas prices will stay below $3 a gallon for the foreseeable future.