The price of gas hasnâ€™t changed much over the last month, but itâ€™s lower than it was a year ago.
The Illinois average is now $3.38, down from $3.40 a month ago, and down from $3.71 last year at this time, according to the Triple-A Fuel Gauge Report.
Triple-A spokesman Beth Mosher says this is because of reduced demand, as people drive less in the cold weather.
â€śWhat weâ€™ve seen over the past month or so is a lot less driving, given the conditions â€“ many kids home from school, parents staying home from work, and just less driving in general due to the cold weather,â€ť she said.
Mosher says people are travelling, especially to go someplace warm, but theyâ€™re going by plane, not by car. Theyâ€™re also probably not noticing the price being cheaper than last year because itâ€™s a hard thing to remember, and because theyâ€™re probably spending the savings on higher home heating costs.