Gas prices fall just in time for holiday week

By: Trishna Begam Email
By: Trishna Begam Email

News 12 This Morning / Monday, July 2, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The price of gas is the lowest it's been in five months. In South Carolina, the price at the pump is well below $3.

Now the question is, how low can it go? As prices dip down at the pump, drivers like Marc Thompson are filling up and hitting the road.

"This Gas Plus is usually the cheapest around town. I'm coming from Evans to come here for gas," Thompson said.

The 15-minute drive from Evans to North Augusta is well worth the trip.

"I'm considering on taking trips now. Prior to that, I was staying at home vacating here," Thompson said.

He isn't the only traveler thinking that way. Visit any outdoor attraction like Mistletoe Park and you'll see cars from all over the state.

"Because the 4th is falling on a Wednesday, I'm comparing it to Masters week because it's not just the weekend -- we're busy all week long," said Brenda Berttroff, the Mistletoe Park clerk.

The reservations are already piling up for campground sites.

"We get local folks, but a lot of people come from Savannah, Statesboro area," Berttroff said.

Keith Anderson, who was visiting Mistletoe, explained, "We're on our way to Hilton Head."

Anderson, who's traveling by RV, says he'll probably shell out $400 to $500 for the trip. If you are traveling by car from Augusta to Hilton Head, expect to pay around $50 for 18 gallons of gas to get you there. Two months ago that same trip would have cost you almost $58. It's a few dollars that can add up over the year.

"That's just exactly how they want us to think; I think we are conditioned like that," Anderson added.

"I hope it gets lower than this," Thompson said.

AAA projects a 4.9 percent increase in the number of Americans who will take to the roads this holiday week. Factors that could shift the price of gas include hurricane season and the economic turmoil in Europe.

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