S.C. gas cheapest in nation for second year

ashain@thestate.comJanuary 1, 2014 

  • Along the Grand Strand

    Average gas price a gallon for the Myrtle Beach area:

    Wednesday | $3.10

    Week ago | $3.07

    Month ago | $3.14

    Year ago | $3.07

    SOURCE | AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report

Palmetto State pumps produced the nation’s cheapest gas for the second consecutive year in 2013, AAA said.

Gas in South Carolina, which has the nation’s third-lowest fuel tax, cost $3.24 a gallon on average in 2013.

That was a quarter less than the national norm of $3.49 a gallon – the lowest average since 2010, AAA said. Drivers paid a record $3.60 in 2012.

Other cheap gas states this year included: Mississippi ($3.28), Tennessee ($3.29), Arkansas ($3.29) and Missouri ($3.29), the driving organization said.

Hawaii ($4.24) and Alaska ($3.91) sold the most expensive gas this year followed by California ($3.89), Connecticut ($3.80) and New York ($3.78).

U.S. gas prices have averaged $3 or more per gallon for 1,105 consecutive days, or a little over three years.

The average in the Myrtle Beach area is $3.10 a gallon, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Pump costs could fall next year because gas producers have more of a cushion to withstand spikes. AAA credits expanded production capacity at refineries and more reliance on North American crude oil.

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