Carolinians Take Comfort in the Drop in Gas Prices – but Prices Expected to Rise

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 7, 2018) – Some Carolinians saw gas prices drop a penny or two on the week for the first time this year. Others across the state saw them continue to climb. With North Carolina’s state average at $2.67 and South Carolina’s at $2.55, the biggest trend on the week is price fluctuation.

At $2.81, the national gas price average is 45 cents more expensive than a year ago. With the unofficial kick-off to summer just weeks away, prices are expected to increase, but a tapering trend may be emerging.

“If this past week’s moderate increases and decreases are any indicator of what’s to come, the fast rate at which gas prices were increasing may be slowing down,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “As summer approaches, Carolinians are welcoming the price stabilization but remain wary that they’ll rise again.”

Below is a breakdown of prices by metro area:

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 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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Public Relations Manager
Tiffany Wright
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