Gas prices are about one dime per gallon cheaper across South Dakota than at this time last year.
"Not as bad as it was a few summers ago when it was getting up to almost five dollars per gallon. As long as it is under four, I'm content, I guess," driver Justin Basche said.
But the price that Basche and other drivers pay could be on the increase, all because of what's happening more than 6,000 miles away. 40 percent of the world's oil supply comes from the Middle East where political unrest has ravaged Syria.
"While Syria itself is not a big producer and their production has declined, still there are areas that have importance. For example, we've seen about three million barrels a day offline, or a little more than three percent of world supply," Chief Economist of the American Petroleum Institute John Felmy said.
However, experts say that what is happening in the Middle East will have a bit of a limited effect on gas prices because oil production has been on the increase in America.
"Now, it's key that we're able to produce as much oil in the U.S. as possible because that adds to supply. Any economist would argue that the more supply you have, the more it helps consumers," Felmy said.
Felmy is the chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute. He visited Sioux Falls today and has been keeping a careful eye on the consequences of what's happening in Syria.
"We've already seen the price of oil go up by several dollars. It is about $108 per barrel which works out to about $2.60 per gallon. Here in South Dakota you pay about 40 cents in taxes so you kind of have a sense of what the base cost of gasoline is before you refine, market and transport it," Felmy said.
Felmy was in Sioux Falls to speak at the conference of the South Dakota Trucking Association.