The number of travelers on South Carolina’s highways this holiday weekend is expected to increase around 3 percent over last year. The slight jump in roadway travelers is partly due to the modest dip in gasoline prices in the state. The price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, which spiked at $3.75 in South Carolina during the second week of this month, has eased down to an average price of $3.59 — the lowest in the nation says AAA Carolinas.
If last year is any indication, AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby says prices may drop some more:
Last year it dropped 17 cents between now and June 15 and that may be the case again. The price of a barrel of oil has gone down, the speculation has abated, so we can expect prices to continue to drop unless we have some sort of tragedy that is unforeseen at this time.
Gas prices in the Upstate include a low of $3.54 a gallon in the Greenville-Spartanburg area. Charleston is at $3.67 a gallon. The price is $3.60 in Columbia and $3.59 in Myrtle Beach.