Local drivers question soaring gas prices

Gas prices are skyrocketing across the Carolinas.

“They have jumped 20 cents. Last week this time it was $1.95. Monday it was $2.05 and now it’s up to $2.15. It makes you wonder what is going on,” one Fort Mill resident told FOX 46. 

In Fort Mill near Carowinds where gas typically hovers around $2 dollars, things are changing.

According to AAA, the average gallon of gas is $2.12. That's 12 cents higher than a week ago, four cents higher than yesterday, and 15 cents more than last month. 

Those price increases have some drivers re-considering their daily activities. 

“I just go to work and come home. I can't afford to do much else right now. It does impact where you are going especially depending on the vehicle you drive, and my choice is a truck, so I pay a little more for gas each week,” she said.  

AAA says the increase is due in part to surging prices of oil and wholesale gasoline and refineries entering their maintenance season. 
Prices will likely continue to surge through the end of the month, so filling up on the South Carolina side of the border may be your best option for now. 

“I generally buy my gas on this side of town anyway. I don’t buy it out of North Carolina because this gas is always cheaper than North Carolina gas,” another gas station customer said.

In North Carolina, gas prices are averaging at $2.27—12 cents higher than last week, and 15 cents more than this time last month.