There was good news Monday for drivers in Catawba County, and throughout the Carolinas.
After rising for much of the year, gas prices in the two states dropped below levels reported a year ago.
AAA Carolinas reports that gas in North Carolina reached the benchmark on Monday, dropping to about $3.79 a gallon — about 2 cents less than April 30, 2011.
South Carolina's average prices dropped below last year's levels Thursday.
Gas hit a high of about $3.91 a gallon in North Carolina on April 7. Gas prices have been dropping steadily since then.
In North Carolina, the gas tax is more than 34 cents a gallon, compared with 16 cents a gallon in South Carolina.
Last year gas prices increased until early May before dropping again.
Americans are driving about 6 percent less than a year ago because of the earlier increase in prices.