Gas prices have increased in North Carolina for the fifth straight week.

During this time, gasoline stocks have gradually decreased while demand has started to increase and crude oil prices have been fluctuating. Combined, these factors are driving up gas prices across the country. 

North Carolina’s $2.38 average is up eight cents on the week and 23 cents on the month. According to GasBuddy.com, most High Country gas stations are now above the state average at about $2.39. 

“Motorists across the Carolinas are paying the highest prices so far in 2019,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “These averages are just pennies less than this time last year. We expect pump prices to continue to increase in the coming weeks, but we do not expect to see 2019’s high reach the highs of 2018.”