CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — The Labor Day holiday is fast approaching, and GasBuddy officials say Friday is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the weekend.
Gas prices statewide are around $3.40 a gallon and some stations are just below the $3 mark in time for the holiday weekend.
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Patrick De Haan of GasBuddy says that while Labor Day may not be the busiest summer holiday, people will still hit the road with these lower prices, but they will drive shorter distances.
De Haan says there’s a list of reasons for lower gas prices, but one reason is that cooler temperatures are preventing Americans from using as much gas.
“We typically see prices drop in the fall. Everyone likes to point out that there’s a midterm election, there’s an election every year, and gas prices drop almost every year until November,” says De Haan.
If you’re planning to leave the state this weekend, you can expect gas prices to rise once you cross state lines, so GasBuddy suggests filling up at advance.
Many gas stations offer free loyalty programs where you can save up to three to five cents a gallon or get cash back.
Motorists can save up to 60 cents per gallon by purchasing gas using the GasBuddy app, and up to an additional 25 cents per gallon by signing up for the free Pay with GasBuddy card.
Expected peak time for Friday is 1:00-6:00 p.m. and return home Monday is 2:00-7:00 p.m.
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