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Aiken County fuel among cheapest in state, nation

November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving – a holiday so often pockmarked by travel woes – is right around the corner. The good news, though, is gas prices throughout the greater Aiken area are well below the national average.

As of Nov. 19, three days before turkey day, the average gallon of regular-grade gas in South Carolina cost 30 cents less than the national average, according to AAA data.

Gas in Aiken County is even cheaper than that, too: Per AAA, the average gallon in the county is $2.23 – 39 cents less than the national average. As of Monday, Aiken County statewide sits in the cheapest gas prices bracket.

A breadth of gas stations between Aiken and North Augusta are selling gas for between $2.01 and $2.29, according to Gas Buddy, a real-time monitoring website and app.

In a press release issued Monday, AAA named South Carolina home to one of the nation’s cheapest gas markets alongside nearby Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Nearly 49 million people will hit the road for the Thanksgiving stretch, according to Jeanette Casselano, an association spokesperson. That’s a 5 percent increase compared to last year, according to AAA data presented in a holiday roundup.

“When it comes time to fill up during the trip, motorists should keep in mind that gas stations along highly traveled routes may find prices more expensive than in town,” Casselano said in a prepared statement.

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