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AAA: Gas prices lower than they've been in 4 years

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Gas is under $2.50 a gallon in some parts of Cedar Rapids. Gas is under $2.50 a gallon in some parts of Cedar Rapids.
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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Gas prices are lower than they've been in four years. That's according to AAA, which also predicts prices will drop another 15 to 20 cents per gallon by the end of the year.

In parts of Cedar Rapids, gas is under $2.50 a gallon.

"That's really low," said Dennis Ties, who lives in Mount Vernon. "It's really nice to see the prices coming down."

"It's pretty awesome," said Blade Gehrke, who lives in Walford. "It hasn't been this cheap in quite a while."

It's a trend nationwide. Gas prices are down about 50 cents per gallon from this time last year, according to AAA.

Gehrke says she definitely noticed the lower prices when making a long road trip for Thanksgiving.

"I haven't done the math to see how much we saved because we did it last year too, we went on another trip," said Gehrke. "It makes a difference, definitely."

A lot of people tell say when they're filling up, they just put in whatever's cheapest.

But can paying attention to what goes in your car save you money? Do you get better mileage?

"I've gone with the mid-grade a couple times and people have said that, but I don't really notice too much different," said Craig Kingsley, who lives in Dubuque. "It's a pretty big-size truck, too, so I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference."

According to the Federal Trade Commission, you shouldn't use a higher grade of gasoline unless you car manuals tell you to.

Cars do get fewer miles to the gallon when using gasoline blended with ethanol, though the U.S. Department of Energy says most gasoline in the country does have at least some ethanol in it.
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