Published: May 27, 2011 9:59 PM EDT
Updated: May 27, 2011 10:00 PM EDT

While current gas prices are still nothing to celebrate, AAA says prices at the pump are looking better than the close to $4 per gallon originally projected.

"Incredibly, this year it reversed itself and started dropping back down a little bit," said Marsha Kut of AAA of Fort Myers.

Right now, the national average for a gallon of regular gas sits at $3.81, with Southwest Florida's average offering a little more relief at $3.76 per gallon. That's almost a dime less than a week ago.

Experts say the global value of the dollar and an overall decrease in gas consumption is keeping prices from climbing.

Still, AAA estimates 30.9 million drivers will hit the road this weekend. While some in Southwest Florida are happy for a break from the climbing cost of gas, their fuel woes aren't put to rest just yet.

"We didn't think it was going to stop until it hit five bucks a gallon. So, its better, but we don't know for how long," Shelma Gaskin of Labelle said while fueling up on Friday.

Unfortunately, experts can't write off fuel fears. AAA is watching and waiting to see if tradition will reign after all this holiday weekend.

"Historically, they've gone up. So if they stay the same, we'll consider that a plus," Kut said Friday.