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Gas prices expected to climb through Easter travel holiday

Posted April 16

— North Carolina’s gas prices continue to climb as travelers take to the highways for Easter weekend, but fueling up for vacation costs less than last Easter.

Gas prices in the state are 5.6 cents per gallon lower on average than they were last Easter, according to AAA Carolinas. But North Carolina fuel costs have steadily inched upward since hitting a low of $3.28 per gallon in early February.

The statewide average is $3.59 per gallon, compared with $3.646 last Easter.

Drivers headed to beach and mountain destinations should brace for higher fuel prices on either side of the state. Asheville’s prices top those in North Carolina at $3.65 per gallon on average, while the Wilmington area pays the second highest price for fuel at $3.62.

Although prices remain slightly lower this year overall, they are expected to continue rising in the next few weeks. Gas prices generally rise after Easter because of the May 1 national deadline for refineries to start producing summer blends of fuel, which pollute the environment less but drive costs up, AAA Carolinas said.

“Gasoline prices will continue to be a major factor this summer for travelers and commuters,” said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “Unrest in the Middle East and overseas could adversely affect prices, but as we continue to develop our own resources, the potential international impact lessens.”

North Carolina gas prices are in the middle of the national range, but the state’s neighbors offer much cheaper rates. While North Carolina has the 25th highest gas prices in the nation, Virginia’s and South Carolina’s prices are among the top 10 lowest.

Drivers can estimate their gas costs for the weekend with an online fuel cost tracker. To save fuel, drivers should follow the speed limit, monitor driving behavior, avoid accelerating or decelerating quickly, ensure tires are properly inflated, keep vehicles properly maintained, avoid excess weight in the car and consolidate trips when possible.

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  • rationality Apr 17, 3:13 p.m.

    And the biggest profiteers of gas are the federal and state governments, who make a considerable amount of profit without even lifting a finger on every gallon of gas purchased through taxes!

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 17, 2:54 p.m.

    SHEETZ ON GREEN STREET IN RALEIGH IS GENERALLY 10 CENTS LESS THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. IT IS CROWDED... View More

    — Posted by diana123

    No thanks. I'd rather live to see tomorrow.

  • irishale Apr 17, 1:46 p.m.

    What should really make you mad is that the US exported 5,235,000+ gallons of gasoline in the month of January...

    http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_exp_dc_NUS-Z00_mbbl_m.htm
    .

  • iopsyc Apr 17, 1:38 p.m.

    of course they are going to climb . and do you know why ? because they can, and theres... View More

    — Posted by ole roy

    According to EIA historical data (http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/), average retail price per gallon in the US for April 14, 2008 was $3.35.

  • baldchip Apr 17, 1:37 p.m.

    Supply and demand-demand goes up-we pay more!! That's why we stay home Easter!

  • mewuvbb Apr 17, 12:52 p.m.

    More You Say?? You are kidding right ??

  • ole roy Apr 17, 12:27 p.m.

    of course they are going to climb . and do you know why ? because they can, and theres absolutley nothing we can do about it . oh yeah , and by the way gas, 1.89 ave . 6 years ago , but no where close since .. wonder why ?????

  • diana123 Apr 17, 12:26 p.m.

    SHEETZ ON GREEN STREET IN RALEIGH IS GENERALLY 10 CENTS LESS THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. IT IS CROWDED AND IRKSOME TO THE GAS STATIONS ON CAPITAL BLVD.! SHEETZ ALSO HAS A DRIVE THROUGH!
    YESTERDAY'S GAS WAS 3.39

  • Taffy Apr 17, 12:18 p.m.

    I go to Florence SC every other week. I fill my tank up before I get the NC state line & save 20 cents a gallon. We're not getting any real benefit out of our high gas taxes that's for sure......!!!!!

  • BULLDOZER Apr 16, 5:52 p.m.

    Sweet. Let's go to $4 again.

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