As Hurricane Florence makes its way to and through the Palmetto State, South Carolina is likely to see spotty gas shortages.
As a result, some might be tempted to keep topping off their gas tanks, but can actually hurt in the long run, said Tiffany Wright, a spokeswoman for AAA in North and South Carolina.
“Obviously, if you’re sitting there with a quarter of a tank, it might be smart to fill up,” Wright said. “But we don’t want to see excessive topping off at the pumps.”
The sort of “panic-buying” that leaves pumps empty — or out of certain grades of gasoline — is the same thing that leaves grocery stores out of bottled water, bread, milk, batteries and other supplies, Wright said.
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“It’s not that the stores don’t have enough milk and bread, it’s that we’re over-consuming them,” Wright said. “There’s no sense running out everyday to make sure your tank is topped off.”