Gas prices on the rise in the Carolinas

Charlotte area gas prices are seeing a steady increase and the national average is also going up, according to AAA Carolinas.

AAA says gas prices started to go up in late February, and will continue to climb through August.

Drivers in the Carolinas tell us they've gotten used to low gas prices for a while now and that things are shifting in a different direction.

"It affects me a lot because i commute to Maryland on a by-weekly basis,” Steven Koch said.

Right now the national average is 1.93, North Carolina 1.85 and South Carolina 1.69.

Just last week, AAA says the national average jumped six cents. This is the largest one week increase since the beginning of the year.

Steven Koch believes that gas will become an important topic in the presidential campaign seeing as how prices are expected to steadily increase.

"I believe it'll turn into the hottest topic. It'll matter to me who I choose,” Koch said.

He says he hopes prices stay at a reasonable price, because that extra money goes a long way to providing for a family.

"For us, what it does is it takes a meal out to eat. Instead of going out to eat once a week we may just sit at home and cook,” he explained.

AAA says prices are going up because refineries are adjusting their maintenance schedules and cutting back on production.

The good news? Low price of crude oil prices should remain lower than last year in the coming months.

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