Gas prices in South Bend are at the lowest they've been since February, and gas prices nationally are at the lowest they've been since Russia invaded Ukraine, said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum at Gas Buddy.

The average price per gallon of gas in South Bend on Tuesday, Nov. 29, is $3.514, down from $3.768 a month prior and about $4.25 on Oct. 7.

De Haan said prices have been dropping "coast to coast" for the past three weeks. During that time, he said, the price of oil "has plummeted" due to decreased demand for gasoline.

"That's normal for this time of year," De Haan said. "Americans start to go into a bit of a hibernation mode, aside from the holidays."

Typically, gas prices continue falling throughout the coldest winter months and then start going up again in February and March "as temperatures start to warm back up and demand goes up," De Haan said.

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