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Website claims to predict tomorrow's gas prices

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – We've all been there – you're close to E but you don't know if the gas prices today will be more expensive than tomorrow. You wait to fill up, and when you do get gas, you end up paying even more. That's where a new website can help you out – fuelcaster.com claims to predict gas prices.

Type in a zip code, and the site says whether to fill up that day or wait for the next day. Fuelcaster says it uses data from gas stations across the country to estimate whether the price of gas will rise or fall tomorrow in your area.

All of the gas prices come from gasbuddy.com, a site with drivers in over 22,000 zip codes across the country. It allows visitors to post and view recent gasoline prices. Fuelcaster then uses the data to show gas prices in your area.

Deciding whether to trust a digitally-based price predictor can be tricky; you may wonder whether it can really be effective using that data.

"There's no true way to predict exactly what the gas prices will be from day to day," says Andy Leonard, with AAA in Myrtle Beach. "Just those sites are going to give you a good average of what you can look at, and they are a good source to use if you want to plan a budget driving."

Leonard says gas prices have increased five cents in the last week, and twelve cents in the last month. At the moment, South Carolina still holds bragging rights for lowest gas prices in the country. Horry County does not have the lowest in the state, but prices here are among the lowest.

Still, you might have noticed a slow but steady increase at the pump in recent weeks – prices are rising but that doesn't mean you should second-guess a summer road-trip.

"We do foresee that they're going to be lower than what they were last year," Leonard says. "And that's a good thing. It's still going to go up, unfortunately."

It turns out the nasty bout of ice and snow that hit the region this winter resulted in one positive effect - Leonard says prices this year will be lower than last year because of the winter we've had, and the low demand of gas.

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