Price to fuel up might not be cheapest in Charleston

Lowcountry drivers may be paying a little less for gas than other motorists, but not by much.

According to the Lundberg Survey of fuel prices, the average price for a gallon of regular is $3.67.  The report states that Charleston has the lowest average price in the contiguous United States at $3.34.

However, AAA Carolinas says the figure isn't entirely accurate.

"I wouldn't say Charleston has the lowest gas prices in the whole country," General Manager Lori Jo Simmons says.  "South Carolina has the lowest gas prices in the U.S."

The Lundberg Survey polls 2,500 gas stations across the country.  Meanwhile, AAA's Fuel Gauge Report questions more than 120,000 gas stations.  Their data concludes that Charleston does not have the cheapest gas in the country.  Simmons says South Carolina is usually the cheapest state to purchase gas.

"Our gas tax is much lower than other states, which is kind of a reason why our roadways may not be in as pristine condition as others because we are underfunded," she says.

One of the area's lowest priced gas stations is RaceWay in North Charleston.  On Monday afternoon, the price for a gallon of gas was $3.29.

One driver who was filling up his vehicle's tank says he sees firsthand the price discrepancy across the country.

"I just got back from Baltimore and gas prices up there were $3.79, $3.89 a gallon.  A little bit different than here," Charleston resident Allen Tucker says.

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