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AAA Texas: Mixed Directions for Gas Prices as Diesel Shortage Changes Refinery Production

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The statewide gas price average in Texas is $3.16 for a gallon of regular unleaded, which is a penny lower than on this day last week and is nine cents more per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $3.31 per gallon while drivers in Corpus Christi are paying the least at $2.96 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.80, which is two cents more when compared to this day last week and 38 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

U.S. refineries are currently focused on maximizing production of diesel and other distillate fuels such as heating oil to prevent shortages this winter due to the Ukraine war and the cutoff of Russian oil supply to Europe. Hurricane Nicole’s landfall today in Florida was not expected to have an impact on Gulf Coast refineries.

“Most areas of Texas saw small gas price changes compared to a week ago, but a few experienced some steep increases possibly related to the diesel shortage that is changing refinery production priorities,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “The Texas state gas price average currently is 64 cents below the national average gas price.”

Drivers in Texas are paying the lowest gas price average in the country, according to gasprices.aaa.com. Meanwhile, drivers in California are paying the most at $5.46 on average for a gallon of regular unleaded.

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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 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.

To help members and non-members identify quality auto repair shops that can assist in the maintenance and repair of their vehicles, AAA offers the Approved Auto Repair program as a free public service. AAA-approved repair facilities meet and maintain high professional standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA-approved shop online at AAA.com/Repair. AAA Texas branch offices throughout the state can be found by visiting www.AAA.com. Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas.

Media Contacts

Kara Thorp
Community Relations Representative , AAA Texas (Austin)
512-695-6349
thorp.kara@aaa-texas.com
Marie Montgomery
Media Spokesperson
(714) 420-0477
Montgomery.Marie@aaa-calif.com
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