Gas prices in the Charlotte metro area continue ticking up, as is the case statewide and nationwide, though prices are still low by historical standards.
As of early Tuesday, a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte area is $2.53, up from $2.494 a week ago and $2.363 a month ago, according to auto group AAA.
North Carolina’s gas is $2.586 a gallon, up from $2.548 a week ago and $2.40 a month ago. Nationwide, gas is $2.738 a gallon, above the week-ago level of $2.707 and the month-ago price of $2.532.
At $2.427 a gallon, South Carolina has the lowest gas prices in the country.
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In a report last week, AAA estimated that the highest number of travelers in both North and South Carolina in 10 years would take a road trip over Memorial Day, thanks to an improved economy and low gas prices.
While gas prices have been inching up, they’re still the lowest Memorial Day prices in six years, and motorists are still spending $1 less per gallon at the gas pump now compared with last year.
Gas prices move with crude oil costs, AAA has said, and maintenance at U.S. oil refineries also can sway prices.