By Tessa Spencer
MOUNT PLEASANT, S. C. (WCIV)- South Carolina drivers are finding more relief at the pump. Average retail gasoline prices in the state have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.07/g Sunday.
In comparison, the national average has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46/g, according to gasoline price web site SouthCarolinaGasPrices.com.
Commuters were paying 11.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 41.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. On a national level, the average has been on the decrease with 32.6 cents per gallon during the last month and now stands at 3.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"The national average has again decreased in the last week, but the decreases are beginning to slow down," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
"Wholesale gasoline prices rose strongly on Friday which could send prices higher in states with among the lowest prices in the United States. The fuel tightness has also continued in NYC- for those in Sandy's wake, fuel availability remains difficult, and is the reason GasBuddy has implemented an emergency fuel availability service," DeHaan said.
The Hurricane Sandy fuel availability site can be found at http://www.gasbuddy.com/sandy/.