CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 21, 2018) – As summer slows to an end, gas prices across the Carolinas are getting less expensive. With the exception of a handful of metro areas, the majority of Carolinians are seeing slow, but steady pump price drops over the last few weeks.
In North Carolina, the state-wide average is $2.66, which is three cents less on the week and four cents cheaper than at the start of August. In South Carolina, the state average of $2.53 is three cents less than a week ago and five cents cheaper than the start of the month. It is also one of the states with the largest price drop on the week.
“Compared to July, consumer demand for gasoline is going down and prices are following suit,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “We expect the average in both North and South Carolina to keep moving lower, especially with the switchover to lower grade gasoline in September.”
In September, gas stations will start selling winter-blend gasoline. This blend, which is cheaper to produce, contains a fuel that evaporates at low temperatures for vehicle engines to operate properly, especially when the engine is cold.
Below is a breakdown of local prices:
AAA Carolinas will publish a Labor Day press release with the latest gas prices and travel predictions later this week.
Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile .
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.1 million member and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.
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