South Carolina has cheapest gas in country

    According to AAA Carolinas, South Carolina motorists put gas in the tank for the lowest average price in the country for the second consecutive year.

    The travel and auto club said in a press release that the SC average of $3.24 per gallon for 2013 is 25 cents lower than the national average and is also the state’s lowest average in three years.  The highest annual metro average price for 2013 was in Charleston at $3.29 and the lowest was in Greenville/Spartanburg at $3.19. Myrtle Beach averaged $3.22 and Columbia averaged $3.24.

    [We’ve noticed that the average in the Beaufort area has usually been below $3.20 per gallon.]

    The national average for 2013 was $3.49, down 11 cents from $3.60 in 2012. California had the highest in the continental U.S. at $3.89.

    “Increased refinery capacity, more fuel-efficient vehicles and higher production of North American crude oil helped push prices lower in 2013,” said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “We expect these trends to continue into 2014.”

    Saving money on gas is on everyone’s mind these days, and for some it even played into decision making for holiday travel, but you wouldn’t notice.  According to AAA, a record number of South Carolinians – 1,322,000 – were estimated to travel 50 miles or more for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday.

    You can connect with AAA Carolinas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AAAcarolinas and follow them on Twitter at @AAAcarolinas.