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Cheaper gas means more drivers hitting the road for Fourth of July

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RICHMOND, Va. -- This year you'll be able to keep more money in your pocket while filling  up as the national average for gas is $2.77 a gallon.

In Richmond, that number is even cheaper at $2.53 per gallon. And our WTVR CBS 6 crews found prices as low as $2.44 and that is good news for travelers this weekend.

There's a big reason why: AAA-Mid-Atlantic  expects more drivers to hit the road this holiday weekend because gas prices are at their lowest levels in five years.

"It makes you want to travel more. Go more places. Go to the beach. Go visit family like we're doing, " said Raymond Denson, who was on his way up to New Jersey from North Carolina. While he knows there's a difference in cost, he was surprised to learn by how much.

"There's a big difference between last year and now probably a good 50 cents or so.” However, when he learned it more like 90 cents, Denson replied “O really? I just know it was better than last year."

Marcus Boyd and family

Marcus Boyd and family

Marcus Boyd was traveling from Baltimore, Maryland to Florida and said paying less at the pump allows him a bond with his family on the road.

"You save money. So that's why we did this year  and it's a road trip. That's what it's all about. Road and family," Boyd said.

And perhaps the best reason of all is nationally you'll pay less than you have in last five years for the Fourth of July weekend.  When asked what's the best part about the holiday weekend for Denson, his answer, “The fireworks and the gas prices of course!"

One of the easiest ways to find the cheapest gas prices where you leave is to down load an app like Gas Buddy on your phone.  It shows you a price comparison of gas stations that are in the area you are looking to fuel up.