Gas Prices Increasing

Gas prices across the nation are increasng, and prices at the pump this Fourth of July weekend will be the costliest for drivers since 2008.

Nationwide, prices will average about $3.68 a gallon for regular grade gas, up 17 cents from last year but well below the all-time $4.11 record set just after July 4, 2008.

AAA says rising crude oil prices are based on continued fears of political unrest in Iraq, and fears that Iraqi oil exports will be slashed if violence spreads.

At $3.38 a gallon, South Carolina is currently the cheapest state for gas. That’s nearly a $1 less a gallon than Hawaii, averaging $4.34.