BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Gas prices are almost two dollars cheaper than they were six months ago — just in time for Christmas travel, according to GasBuddy.

GasBuddy said the national average gas price is estimated to be $2.98 on Christmas Day. Drivers can celebrate the low prices for now but are being warned that prices could rise again in the new year.

“As 2022 draws to a close, we’ve seen gas prices cut nearly in half in some areas compared to this earlier this year — a well-needed break from the sky-high prices we faced just six months ago,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “While we’re closing out the year on a positive note, challenges remain that could drive prices up again next spring, so motorists might want to keep their expectations in check and enjoy the sub-$3 gasoline while they can.”

According to AAA, the average price for gas in the state of Louisiana is $2.75 as of Tuesday, Dec. 20. A month ago, the average gas price in the state was reported to be $3.18 while at its highest recorded average price landed at $4.55 in June.

In Baton Rouge, the current average price is $2.76.

Before you hit the road this holiday season, find where to fill up for the lowest price. To find cheap gas prices in the area, click here.