Gas prices in Rock Hill have fallen more than 50 cents since last week -- to the delight of drivers eager for some good news amid troubling economic times.
Wait, there's more: Analysts say per gallon prices in South Carolina could drop below $3 by the time cold weather arrives.
"We could easily get there within a few weeks," said Carol Gifford, a spokeswoman for AAA Carolinas. "I think it's likely, and more likely to happen in South Carolina before North Carolina.
"In these days of economic doom and gloom, at least they (drivers) can look forward to some lower gas prices."
As usual, gas prices are cheaper in South Carolina than across the state line in Charlotte, where the average price is $3.49 this week, according to AAA.
Rock Hill resident Steven Brown paid $37 to fill up his Nissan at a Texaco station on Dave Lyle Boulevard near Interstate 77. Regular unleaded was selling for $3.16 at Texaco on Tuesday.
Elsewhere in Rock Hill, gas was spotted for as low as $3.05 per gallon.
"It's a little bit of a relief," Brown said. "At least it's not $4 a gallon. It's like frogs in the kettle. We're all getting used to it."
Average gas prices in other states have already dipped below $3, including in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and New Jersey.