CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Drivers who haven't been paying close attention at the gas pumps lately are sure to take notice by year's end.
The prediction for North Carolina is that the price of a gallon of regular gas could reach $3.00 before 2010 comes to a close.
"Gas prices are high and they're getting higher," said Tom Crosby with the local office of the Automobile Association of America.
Oil prices are above $90 a barrel for the first time in two years. The surge is pushing gasoline and other fuel prices higher.
As of Wednesday afternoon the average price for a gallon of gas in North Carolina is $2.91. In Mecklenburg County the average is $2.92. That's 11 cents more than this time last week, according to AAA.