Gas prices climb 10 cents over past three weeks

Posted April 12, 2009 5:13 p.m. EDT
Updated April 12, 2009 6:33 p.m. EDT

— The U.S. price of gasoline increased nearly 10 cents a gallon during the past three weeks, but remains well below year-ago prices. That's according to the national Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday.

Analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of regular grade gasoline was $2.05 a gallon Friday, when the survey was completed.

That's up from $1.95 a gallon recorded on March 20, but down $1.27 from the price at this time last year.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded self-serve gasoline in North Carolina on Wednesday was $2.01 and in South Carolina $1.899. A month ago the state's average price was $1.901; South Carolina's $1.796.

Asheville had the highest priced gasoline in North Carolina at $2.059; Boone the cheapest at $1.967.

Charleston had the highest priced gasoline in South Carolina at $1.92; Spartanburg the cheapest at $1.845. South Carolina has 16 cents a gallon gasoline tax; North Carolina's tax is approximately 30 cents a gallon.

The lowest price for gasoline in the U.S. was found in Newark, N.J. at $1.83 a gallon. The highest was in Anchorage at $2.40.

The lowest price in California was $2.30 a gallon in Stockton and the highest was $2.33 in San Diego. The average price in Los Angeles was $2.32.

Motorists looking for ways to conserve gasoline should consider:

  • Buy the least expensive in your area. Gasoline is federally regulated and virtually identical blends at different stations.
  • Monitor driving behavior, follow the speed limit and avoid accelerating or decelerating quickly. For every five miles per hour over 65 mph, gasoline efficiency decreases 10 percent.
  • Make sure tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep vehicles properly maintained, including scheduled oil changes and air filter replacements. Consult your owner¹s manual for specific instructions.
  • Avoid excess weight in your vehicle. When vacationing, try to avoid strapping luggage on the roof where it causes drag and reduces fuel economy.
  • Whenever possible, consolidate trips.