AAA Texas: As Drivers Prepare For 4th of July Road Trips, Statewide Gas Price Average Remains Steady

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(Coppell, TX) – The statewide gas price average in Texas is now $2.12 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is the same as last week and 46 cents less per gallon than last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Dallas are paying the most on average at $2.19 per gallon while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $1.98 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now $2.29 which is three cents less than last week and 48 cents less per gallon than last year.

 

This year’s summer driving season is likely to set new records for both gasoline demand and vehicle miles traveled, and the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency (U.S. EIA) shows that gasoline demand is currently at an all-time high. Strong demand can put additional pressure on refineries, and their ability to sustain output and keep gasoline flowing to markets directly impacts the price consumers pay at the pump. However, refineries are reportedly increasing output and gasoline supply has more than kept pace with growing demand. If the market can remain adequately supplied drivers are likely to continue paying prices unseen for the summer months in more than a decade.

 

AAA Texas forecasts 3.1 million Texans will travel during the Independence Day holiday weekend, and of that total travel volume, 2.6 million Texans will drive to their destination, which is a 1.6 percent increase in auto travel compared to last year. 

 

“AAA Texas reminds drivers to plan ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. “Inspecting a vehicle before a road trip can help drivers avoid common roadside delays, spend more time at their destinations, as well as get to their destinations and back home safe.”

 

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free and revamped AAA Mobile 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/mobile.com.

 

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.

 

Area

Current 6/29/16

6/22/16

Difference

Year Ago 6/29/15

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$2.29

$2.32

-0.03

$2.77

-0.48

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$2.12

$2.12

0.00

$2.58

-0.46

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$1.98

$2.00

-0.02

$2.41

-0.43

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$2.09

$2.10

-0.01

$2.56

-0.47

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$2.08

$2.09

-0.01

$2.51

-0.43

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$2.06

$2.06

0.00

$2.56

-0.50

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$2.19

$2.18

+0.01

$2.65

-0.46

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$2.16

$2.16

0.00

$2.66

-0.50

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$2.18

$2.15

+0.03

$2.61

-0.43

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$2.13

$2.12

+0.01

$2.56

-0.43

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$2.12

$2.12

0.00

$2.55

-0.43

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$2.06

$2.07

-0.01

$2.54

-0.48

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$2.05

$2.06

-0.01

$2.55

-0.50

07/17/08

$3.98