DARMSTADT, Germany — Drivers who can stretch that last drop of gas through the weekend will be in for an early Christmas treat — fuel prices will drop Monday.

Prices at Army and Air Force Exchange Service gas pumps throughout Europe will be about five cents per gallon lower, except for diesel fuel, which remains the same, according to an AAFES news release.

In Germany, regular unleaded will be sold for $1.70, super unleaded will be $1.80, and super plus unleaded will be sold for $1.89 per gallon.

Regular unleaded gasoline is not available in the Netherlands, plus gas will be sold at about four cents higher than gas in Germany because of higher costs for fuel in the country. Super will be $1.80 and super plus will be $1.93 per gallon.

Regular gasoline is not sold in the United Kingdom either, though prices are lower than Germany and the Netherlands. The price for super will be $1.74 and super plus will be $1.83.

Fuel prices change monthly to follow stateside trends as published by the Department of Energy averages.

Gasoline sold in the Azores and Turkey remains the same throughout the year because prices are set annually, according to Jeanne McDonald, AAFES spokeswoman.

Other areas with a U.S. military presence are either tied to other price controls or not serviced by AAFES.

This is the second consecutive drop in gas prices.

McDonald suggests drivers keep an eye on stateside gas prices to determine if it’s best to buy fuel coupons during less costly months or wait to fill up until the next month.

“Although the price decrease might only save a customer a dollar or two overall with a fill-up, I think anyone would welcome a little extra cash during the upcoming holiday season,” McDonald said.

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