Charlotte, N.C. — Gas prices in North Carolina are 20 cents cheaper than they were a month ago, marking the lowest average price in 2013, according to data released Friday by AAA Carolinas.
The average price of a gallon of unleaded gas sits at $3.27, compared with $3.72 in October 2012. Gas prices have been falling steadily since July, when the average price was $3.56.
AAA Carolina officials said they expect the trend to continue through Thanksgiving, the most heavily traveled four-day holiday in the state.
"Falling gas prices is great news for drivers," David Parsons, president and chief executive officer of AAA Carolinas, said in a statement. "We expect prices to continue trending downward, barring any major supply or distribution issues, such as tensions in the Middle East or a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico."
Fayetteville has the lowest prices in the state, averaging $3.21 a gallon. The Triangle averages $3.29, slightly lower than the national average of $3.35.
The second-lowest gas prices in the country are in South Carolina, where the average sits at $3.09.