Holiday travel made easier with falling gas prices

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Holiday travelers across the country will feel less pain at the pump.National prices have dropped another seven cents over the last two weeks and more than 36 cents over the past six weeks.The Lundberg Survey puts the price of a gallon at $3.47 and depending on where you're driving this week, it could be even better.Prices across South Carolina are even lower, even though they went up 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week. AAA says we're paying about $3.19 a gallon in the Lowcountry (although recent price submissions put the price closer to $3.08) while the average up in Columbia right now is $3.10. In the upstate, the average gallon will cost you about $3.08"With Thanksgiving just days away, Americans will be hitting major thoroughfares en masse. While gasoline prices have dropped in the last month and a half, the national average will still come close to breaking a record- the highest ever national average for Thanksgiving," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "I don't really see how gas prices could greatly improve between now and Christmas, given the new military action in the Middle East, and other pressures. It's all but certain the national average will not drop under $3.25 per gallon, which could lead to a perilous start to 2013."Analysts say prices are down because of lower demand but prices remain high in much of New York and New Jersey because of damage to the infrastructure thanks to Super Storm Sandy.The highest average price is in Long Island is at $4.18. The city with the lowest average is Memphis, Tennessee at $3.04.

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