CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of people are driving home after Christmas and the North Carolina Department of Transportation says a record number of travelers will be on the roads over the next few days.
The national average for gas is $3.27 a gallon right now.
Experts predict 2014 will bring us some of the lowest gas prices we've had this decade so far.
Unfortunately, North Carolina may be a little on the higher side of the expected national average. North Carolina is expected to average slightly higher in the $3.40 to $3.65 a gallon range.
South Carolina is continuing its near lowest in the nation streak hovering between $2.75 and $3.15 a gallon.
Researchers at Gas Buddy say both states, along with the rest of the country, will see the highest prices at the pump in spring of 2014. They predict North Carolina gas prices will be $3.75 a gallon and $3.50 a gallon in South Carolina.
That is just a prediction, but Gas Buddy notes all of that good news about lower prices could vanish with a natural disaster or with uncertainty in northern Africa or the Middle East.