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Gas Prices Spike Before Thanksgiving

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People are feeling the pain at the pump this week. Gas prices are spiking again, and unfortunately it's just in time for your holiday travels.

Almost fifty dollars is no chunk of change, especially during the holidays.

Elliot Brown said as a truck driver, he's seen the gas prices remain steady. He thought the low costs would continue through the season.

"Well I was hoping they would go down for the Christmas holiday and would go back up after…usually they do, but it went up before Christmas," said Brown.

Now, going back down South to see his family for Thanksgiving is going to cost him a pretty penny.

"It makes you spend more money on gas, and then you have less money to spend on other stuff. You want to go out shopping, so you have less money to spend on shopping cause you're spending more on gas," said Brown.

Triple-A reports the nation's average is up to nearly $3.28 and the state of Georgia's average is up to $3.26. Both averages increased 7 cents from last week. South Carolina's average remains lower than Georgia's at $3.15.

One way to get some relief at the pump is to plan ahead.

General Manager David Fields of David Fields Tires and Brakes says taking care of your car can save you up to five percent more on gas.

"If you maintain your car, you will save money. Keep your tires checked, keep your oil checked and changed, air filters, all your sensors, make sure they are working properly," said Fields.

With the cold weather coming in, Fields says it's a good idea to monitor the changes in tire pressure before you travel.

For now, travelers, like Brown, will have to brace themselves for the high numbers rolling up at the pump.

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