AAA Texas: Drivers Thankful for Lower Gas Prices before Thanksgiving Holiday

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(Coppell, TX) – Approximately 3.7 million Texans are expected to travel this week for Thanksgiving, and most of them (3.4 million) will be going by automobile.  Those who are taking road trips will be paying the lowest pump prices for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2008. The statewide gas price average in Texas is now $1.86 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is six cents less than last week and 74 cents less per gallon than last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Austin are paying the most on average at $1.89 per gallon while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $1.69 per gallon.

 

Midwestern refineries continue to come back online following both planned and unplanned maintenance work. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, production in the region reached its highest rates in nearly two months, which has also helped gas prices recover in the region following recent spikes due to unexpected outages.  Demand for gasoline typically declines during the month of November, and barring any unexpected disruptions in supply, the national average is expected to move lower leading into 2016.

 

“Texans are paying about $26 to fill up the typical 14-gallon size fuel tank, which is about $10 less than last year,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  “That additional savings will put more money in people’s pockets to spend on dining, recreational activities and shopping during the holiday weekend.”

 

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 access 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 11/24/15

11/17/15

Difference

Year Ago 11/24/14

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$2.06

$2.14

-0.08

$2.81

-0.75

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$1.86

$1.92

-0.06

$2.60

-0.74

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$1.69

$1.75

-0.06

$2.49

-0.80

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$1.89

$1.95

-0.06

$2.60

-0.71

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$1.81

$1.88

-0.07

$2.64

-0.83

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$1.85

$1.91

-0.06

$2.62

-0.77

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$1.85

$1.91

-0.06

$2.57

-0.72

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$1.88

$1.93

-0.05

$2.54

-0.66

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$1.82

$1.90

-0.08

$2.56

-0.74

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$1.86

$1.93

-0.07

$2.57

-0.71

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$1.85

$1.91

-0.06

$2.62

-0.77

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$1.85

$1.91

-0.06

$2.58

-0.73

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$1.80

$1.84

-0.04

$2.58

-0.78

07/17/08

$3.98