AAA Texas: Statewide Average Drops One Cent; National Average Drops to $2 per Gallon

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(Coppell, TX) – The statewide gas price average in Texas is now $1.79 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is one cent less than last week and 37 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 $1.86 per gallon while drivers in Corpus Christi are paying the least at $1.71 per gallon. Yesterday, the national gas price average dipped fractions of a penny below $2 per gallon for the first time since the Great Recession. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the U.S. now sits at $2.00.

 

Consumers are expected to benefit from savings at the pump leading into 2016, as supply continues to outpace demand. Domestic crude oil inventories are poised to reach all-time highs, and despite the lower price environment, production has yet to decline significantly. Barring any unexpected disruptions in supply, and if the price of crude oil remains low, retail averages could continue to hover around levels unseen since March 2009. More than 13,000 stations nationwide are selling gasoline for less than $1.75 per gallon. A total of 29 states are posting averages below $2 per gallon, and pump prices in many parts of the country are well below this benchmark.

 

“As more than 7 million Texans prepare to take road trips for the Year-End holidays, the savings they experience at the pumps will give them more money to spend on travel, dining, shopping and reunions with friends and family,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. “Before hitting the roads we remind drivers to make sure their vehicles are well-maintained, get enough sleep, buckle up, obey speed limits and don’t be distracted when behind the wheel.”

 

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 12/22/15

12/15/15

Difference

Year Ago 12/22/14

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$2.00

$2.01

-0.01

$2.39

-0.39

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$1.79

$1.80

-0.01

$2.16

-0.37

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$1.77

$1.74

+0.03

$2.01

-0.24

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$1.80

$1.81

-0.01

$2.22

-0.42

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$1.73

$1.74

-0.01

$2.26

-0.53

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$1.71

$1.74

-0.03

$2.28

-0.57

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$1.86

$1.84

+0.02

$2.01

-0.15

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$1.85

$1.86

-0.01

$2.13

-0.28

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$1.85

$1.82

+0.03

$2.00

-0.15

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$1.76

$1.77

-0.01

$2.21

-0.45

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$1.76

$1.78

-0.02

$2.23

-0.47

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$1.74

$1.76

-0.02

$2.17

-0.43

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$1.78

$1.79

-0.01

$2.14

-0.36

07/17/08

$3.98