SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) — Illinois’ freeze on gas tax increases will expire January 1 as national gas prices are at their lowest in 22 months.

The annual increase in gas taxes was delayed for six months by Governor Pritzker. On January 1, the hike is expected to increase by 2.2 cents per gallon, followed by an approximate 3.8 cents per gallon hike on July 1, according to inflation experts’ estimates.

Lower gas prices are making the holiday travel easier for families.

Kari Amigoni does a lot of traveling living in Woodford County and working as a nurse in McLean County.

She says she spends at least $100 a week on gas and the lower prices mean more family travel.

“It’s good for Christmas now especially. And that prices are going down I’m able to take our daughter more places, we’re able to spend more time together as a family and take a little bit more trips. When it was almost $5 a gallon, we weren’t really doing anything at all. Just staying home. Which was unfortunate. I was just coming to work and then staying home,” said Amigoni.

The nationwide average for gas stood at $3.33 a gallon on December 8, compared with the average of $3.34 on the same date in 2021, according to AAA.

Fuel prices have dropped over the past several weeks as consumer demand slows across the globe.