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.