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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