By Monica Kreber
SENECA – Last week, South Carolina had the lowest average gas price in the country at $3.22 per gallon.
Since then, the average price has dropped to $3.16 per gallon and South Carolina still holds the title for the lowest average.
Angela Vogel Daley, spokesperson for AAA Carolinas, said the average might not stop at $3.16 this summer.
“It’s actually been going down in the past week or two,” she said. “We haven’t really had any disruptions in supply.”
Westminster resident Ian Wingert said he likes prices being low.
“I don’t have a problem with the prices, because I know that they are higher elsewhere,” he said. “However, I know that the prices are cheaper in Anderson.”
Wingert said the lower prices help with his traveling expenses.
“I am glad they are lower here, because it is convenient with me going to Clemson every day,” he said. ” I am not working right now, so any savings I can get, I will take.”
Daley said it is possible prices will start going back up toward the end of summer, as the hurricane season starts to pick up.
Within the state, the Greenville / Spartanburg metropolitan area has the lowest average at $3.08 a gallon. The Charleston are has the highest prices in the state at $3.20. The Myrtle Beach area is averaging $3.15 a gallon. And those prices have dropped since June 27 when Daley issued a press release saying Charleston’s average was $3.26 and Spartanburg’s was $3.13.
Easley and Anderson had prices this week that were below the $3.00 threshold, with the Dodge convenience store in Easley selling regular at a cash price of $2.92.
Other states with considerably low average prices include Alabama at $3.22 a gallon and Missouri at $3.23. North Carolina is averaging $3.38.
There is a chance that the prices will go low again before they will go back up, Daley said.
“South Carolina is the cheapest by far,” she said. “No other state’s average is in the teens.”
By Monica Kreber