Gas prices in the Greenville area Monday were 7 cents lower than last week, according to GasBuddy.com.
The price-tracking website said the average cost for a gallon of gas in Greenville was $3.44, which was 33 cents below the national average.
Locally, Monday's prices were 24.5 cents lower than last month and 26.7 cents lower than last year. Nationally, the prices were 13.4 cents lower than last month and 15.9 cents lower than last year.
Experts said the prices of crude oil fell below $100 late last week, which is good news for motorists.
"Some hot spots may burn motorists before they see any sizable relief," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst. "When I mention hot spots, I'm thinking of the West Coast - where supply has dropped considerably, causing tightness and perhaps higher prices. The rest of the country, however, should see short term relief continue ahead of Memorial Day, easing unfounded fears of the national average hitting $5 per gallon, or even $4 per gallon."
AAA reported the average cost for a gallon of gas was at $3.51 in South Carolina, $3.72 in North Carolina and $3.60 in Georgia.
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