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Gas prices lower Wednesday, but for how long?

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There's good news for Lincoln drivers. Prices at the pump have fallen. It's a welcomed sign for some Lincoln drivers.

Prices at the pump fell around 5 cents this week, averaging out at $3.66 for regular gas. Even with the recent low, some drivers wish for more.

"It doesn't help anybody much with just a 5 cent discount," said local driver, Dan Brandon.

Brandon used to commute from Lincoln to Omaha everyday. Now he commutes just every so often. He says gas prices play a big part.

"You do the math," he said. "if you think about it. Fifty miles every way, every day for five days a week is ridiculous."

Prices for Brandon and other drivers in Lincoln are getting better. According to Gasbuddy.com, just a month ago the price for a gallon of regular gas was 13 cents higher.

So, can drivers plan for a downward trend? Senior Petroleum Analyst for Gasbuddy, Patrick Dehaan says no. In a statement he said "I would caution motorists, however, not to sound the all clear."

Dehaan says in the weeks ahead a drop in production for oil refineries could send prices back up. So you may want to gas up now while prices are a little lower. Also, Dehaan says refineries usually schedule maintenance this time of year and problems related to the maintenance have a lot to do with higher prices for consumers.

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