The statewide gas price average in Texas is $4.69 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is seven cents more than on this day last week and is $1.93 more per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Dallas/Fort Worth are paying the most on average at $4.84 per gallon while drivers in McAllen are paying the least at $4.41 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $5.01, which is four cents more when compared to this day last week and $1.94 more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
The pace of pump price increases slowed this week, but price records were set in many areas. Higher gas prices are due to continued strong demand along with persistent concern over tighter global crude oil supplies with the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the world cutting off Russian oil. Market analysts are watching how pressure from sky-high inflation and record fuel prices will impact demand in the coming weeks, noting it is possible that the recent interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve could slow demand and in turn cause gas prices to drop. AAA is monitoring market conditions and believe it’s too soon to speculate how the move will impact fuel prices.
“It’s been yet another week of record-setting gas prices around the Lone Star State as demand remains strong and market uncertainty surrounding global oil supplies continues,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “In order to get the best gas mileage, AAA recommends practicing safe driving habits as well as proper vehicle maintenance.”
Drivers in Texas are paying the 12th lowest gas price average in the country, according to gasprices.aaa.com. Meanwhile drivers in California are paying the most at $6.43 on average for a gallon over regular unleaded.
AAA Tips to save money on fuel:
Bad driving isn’t just unsafe. It’s expensive. Studies have repeatedly shown that personal driving habits are the single biggest factor that affects vehicle fuel consumption. Adopting new and improved driving behaviors can contribute to significant savings at the gas pump. Here are some simple ways drivers can improve fuel efficiency:
- Slow down and drive the speed limit. Higher speeds result in more aerodynamic drag.
- Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
- Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because a loss of vehicle control could result.
- Minimize your use of air conditioning.
- Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
- Download the AAA App to find the cheapest gas prices near you.
- Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
- Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level. Discount Tire, for example, offers free air checks at their shops.
- When driving in town, adjust your speed to “time” the traffic lights. This reduces repeated braking and acceleration that consume additional fuel.
- When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the gas early and allow your car to coast down to a slower speed until it is time to brake.
Prices up to date at press time using market prices posted at 3:41 a.m. Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA App for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route and learn traffic conditions along that route, find discounts, locate parking, book a hotel and request and track AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at www.AAA.com/mobile.