Tips to save at the pump as gas prices continue to climb

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The unrest in the Middle East has sent crude oil prices soaring to a two-year high.

South Carolina is one of the cheapest places to fill up, but it is still about $3 a gallon.

AAA Carolinas recommends emptying your trunk and keeping your tires inflated, which helps any vehicle get better gas mileage.

Some gas stations, especially those close to interstates, often charge a fee to consumers who use a credit or debit card according to Lori Jo Simmons of AAA Carolinas. Paying cash straight up can help you save.

Simmons said during this time of year oil refineries often do maintenance as they switch from their winter to summer mix, and this helps bump up the price of gas even more.

The cheapest gas in the area is at the Sam's Club near Tanger Outlet Boulevard. Gas there is $2.95 a gallon. The Shell station on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in West Ashley is $2.97 a gallon. Other gas stations still below $3 are the Sunoco on St. James Avenue in Goose Creek, the AMFlag and the Shell station in Summerville.

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