Drivers met with rising gas prices, still cheaper than last year

Cabarrus County Rest Area off I-85 on Friday
Cabarrus County Rest Area off I-85 on Friday

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Fueling up for an Easter weekend getaway will cost you at the pump, but it's still down compared to last year by more than a nickel a gallon, according to AAA Carolinas.

Along Interstate 85 between Salisbury and Charlotte, WBTV spotted gas prices as low as $3.55 at the new Love's Travel Center in Rowan County, and as high as $3.63 at several other stations.

In February North Carolina hit the lowest average price of the year at $3.28, compared to an average today of $3.59, and an average last year of $3.64.

Randi Atkins of Burlington stopped off at the Cabarrus County Rest Area Friday morning.  Like many other drivers she says she's noticed the rising price of gas, particularly in the last few weeks.

"They're awful, when we left this morning it was $3.63," Atkins told WBTV.  "It was 3.23 and it went to 3.49, and that was like in one day."

Lots of travelers are expected to head to the Myrtle Beach area.  Hotels estimated an occupancy rate of 93% through the Easter weekend.

Gas prices are lower in South Carolina due mainly to a lower state gas tax.

The lowest price in the Myrtle Beach area on Friday was $3.28 at the Forestbrook Grocery store, according to

Gas prices are expected to continue to rise over the next few weeks as refineries switch to a summer blend, according to AAA Carolinas.