AAA Texas: Gas Prices Climb Again This Week as Global Crude Prices Rise

Gas Prices
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(Coppell, TX) – Texas drivers are now paying $2.38 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.  That price is seven cents more than last week but $1.11 less per gallon than last year.  Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth are paying the most on average at $2.48 per gallon while drivers in Beaumont are paying the least at $2.28 per gallon.  Texans are paying twenty cents less than the national average which now sits at $2.58.

 

The recent increase in prices at the pumps has been the product of rising global crude prices, the seasonal switch to summer-blend gasoline and regional refinery issues, particularly on the West Coast.  Despite inching higher both the national and statewide averages continue to reflect a significant discount compared to this same date last year.

 

The deadline for terminals to switchover to summer-grade gasoline is May 1.  Following the transition to summer-blend gasoline and as refineries complete seasonal maintenance, analysts say the national and state averages may decline again, though much of the forecast will depend on what happens with the cost of crude oil.

 

“Drivers in Texas are now paying about $33 for a 14-gallon size fuel tank, which is almost $16 less per tank than last year,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  “Drivers can maximize fuel efficiency by keeping vehicles maintained, not driving aggressively, and removing unneeded weight from their cars and trucks.”

 

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 04/30/15

04/23/15

Difference

Year Ago 04/30/14

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$2.58

$2.49

+0.09

$3.69

-1.11

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$2.38

$2.31

+0.07

$3.49

-1.11

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$2.37

$2.36

+0.01

$3.40

-1.03

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$2.31

$2.23

+0.08

$3.46

-1.15

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$2.28

$2.21

+0.07

$3.42

-1.14

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$2.36

$2.27

+0.09

$3.48

-1.12

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$2.48

$2.39

+0.09

$3.52

-1.04

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$2.40

$2.32

+0.08

$3.35

-0.95

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$2.48

$2.39

+0.09

$3.52

-1.04

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$2.36

$2.29

+0.06

$3.48

-1.12

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$2.36

$2.30

+0.06

$3.48

-1.12

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$2.29

$2.20

+0.09

$3.40

-1.11

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$2.37

$2.31

+0.06

$3.47

-1.10

07/17/08

$3.98