If you've had to fill up lately, you've probably noticed higher gas prices. They are up statewide compared to this time last year. The state average is $3.00 a gallon.
Many people that we spoke to say the price at the pump is so high they have decided not to do travel as they typically do during the holiday season.
Experts say a weak dollar and the colder weather in many parts of the country are pushing crude oil prices higher, which is having an effect on gas prices. That in turn is affecting travel for some.
Triple-A officials say they do expect the price at the pump to continue to increase.
The average price of gas in North Carolina is up 44-cents a gallon from last year at this time when the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.56.