WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Gas prices in North Carolina are up 15 cents when compared to last month, according to AAA Carolinas.
The state average price is currently at $3.53 per gallon. The price increase is up due to increase in travel and refinery maintenance, according to AAA.
Just over the border in Virginia residents are now enjoying North Carolina prices from last month.
“I will drive to Virginia to get this cheap gas,” said Mount Airy resident Wendy Hickman. “I do it all the time and the savings add up.”
At Reed McCraws’ Virginia 500 gas station in Cana, vehicles with North Carolina tags were lined up Wednesday for gas at $3.35.
“I don’t even look anymore I’m in such of a habit of coming up,” said Dean Brown of Mount Airy. “I know it’s going to be cheaper.”
Gasoline is cheaper in Virginia due to a lower gas tax.
“We hear all the reasons why gas is going up,” said store owner Phil McCraw who admits he doesn’t make much, if any, profit at his pumps.
McCraw even made headlines in the summer of 2012 when he refused to raise gas prices.
“Greed has really been a driving force behind the price of gasoline, that’s my opinion.”
Nationally, the price of gasoline is expected to average $3.57 through September.