Fill-ups to cost $250 more this summer

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People are paying more at that the pump than they did a year ago at this time. American Automobile Association analysts say drivers are spending $69 more a month to fill up their gas tanks compared to last summer.

On average, gas expenses are accounting for 7 percent of Americans’ 2018 annual income — up by about 1.5 percent since last summer, according to AAA Carolinas.

And officials say with a strong gas demand this summer, drivers can expect little relief at the pump, according to AAA.

“Motorists can expect to spend at least $250 more on gas this season, but that won’t stop them from traveling,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokeswoman. “Summer is synonymous with road trips. The higher gas prices may just encourage travelers to shorten their driving distance, while others may pinch pennies by eating out less or finding more free family-fun activities while on vacation.”

The national average for a gallon of unleaded gas is at $2.90 compared to a year ago when it was at $2.32. North Carolina’s average is $2.73 compared to $2.17 last year, according to AAA.

Wilson’s average price now for a gallon of gas is hovering at $2.72.

AAA officials say as folks hit the road, they will find 25 percent of all gas stations across the country with posted prices above $3 per gallon, compared to a year ago when only 5 percent of gas stations reported the same.

Quarterly Gas Report

North Carolina, 2018

April 1: $2.54

May 1: $2.68

June 1: $2.78

North Carolina, 2017

April 1: $2.20

May 1: $2.26

June 1: $2.21