Around Town

Why you’re loving your car these days

The Story

Gas is cheap, cheap, cheap — and just in the nick of time. Flying is nothing but a headache the next few days.

The Facts

– Charlotte is posting the cheapest gas prices among all metro areas in N.C. That’s weird, considering how high Meck taxes are comparatively.

How low? At Costco and BJ’s as of Monday night, the going price was $1.73 for regular unleaded.

– If that’s not enough to appreciate your car, the blizzard rolling through the Northeast should convince you. With 2-3 feet of snow predicted for NYC, Boston and Maine, flights out of CLT were cancelled en masse.

You know a good thing:

And, we know you’re annoyed:

C5’s Take

We all love sub-$2 gas. Politicians know it, which is why N.C.’s senators – Thom Tillis and Richard Burr – are advocating opening up the N.C. coastline for offshore drilling. Watch this issue flare up. It’s going to get ugly.

Photo: Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer