The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.29 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is seven cents more compared to this day last week and is 36 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 $2.56 while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $2.20 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.59, which is four cents more when compared to this day last week and 34 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
A year-end spike in road trip travel due to the holidays helped to push the national average more expensive on the week. Several states, including Texas, saw gas prices increase in the last week, however, market analysts suggest spikes in gas prices should be short-lived.
“Gas prices across the state increased after a record amount of travel volume for the year-end holiday period,” said Joshua Zuber, AAA Texas spokesperson. “However, market analysists suggest gas prices could decrease following the holidays.”
According to the Energy Information Administration, regional gasoline stocks remain healthy, and the EIA is measuring regional refinery rates at 96%.
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 atwww.AAA.com/mobile.
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