You've probably noticed gas prices have taken a significant jump in recent days. The average in North Carolina is now $2.46 for a gallon of regular unleaded. That average nationally is up to $2.49 a gallon. So why the hike? Experts say the list is long: More people driving, fuel stockpiles depleting faster than expected, tension between Iran and the U.S, and crude oil prices have jumped dramatically since January when the price was at a 20 month low.
The price of a gallon of unleaded is close to 20 cents higher than this time last year, and up more than 30 cents a gallon from just last month.
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