Gas prices have increased by 38 cents in North Carolina since New Year’s Day, but despite the climb, they remain consistent with the averages seen a year ago.

North Carolina’s $2.52 average is three cents more than this time last week, 22 cents more than this time last month, but two cents less than this time last year. 

“The prices across the Carolinas from pump to pump could give some motorists sticker shock, as they depart for spring breaks trips and vacation,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “Unfortunately since gas stocks have been declining, prices are likely to increase in the coming weeks as demand continues to grow. “