The statewide gas price average in Texas is $1.89 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 48 cents less per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in the Abilene, El Paso, Midland, Odessa areas are paying the most on average at $1.98 while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $1.80 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.17, which is six cents more compared to this day last week and 50 cents less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
Demand levels for gasoline are likely to ebb and flow in the coming weeks as people continue to be cautious about travel. As a result, pump prices will likely continue to increase, but at a slower rate through the end of the month.
“Gas prices remain on an upward trend, but drivers continue to save as the statewide gas price average has remained below $2 per gallon for more than 100 consecutive days,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “The statewide gas price average is 48 cents less per gallon compared to this same time last summer.”
This week Texas has the 6th lowest gas price average of any state in the nation. After a few weeks of stock builds, the Energy Information Administration reports the South and Southeast region saw a draw of just under 1 million barrels per day. Total stocks dropped down to 90.8 million barrels, which is still a significant 10 million barrel surplus.
Prices up to date at press time using market prices poste d at 3:41 a.m. Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free and revamped 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.
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