AAA Texas: Statewide Gas Price Average Moves Higher Heading into Spring Driving Season

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(Coppell, TX) – The statewide gas price average in Texas is now $1.60 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is eight cents more than last week and 64 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 $1.68 per gallon while drivers in Corpus Christi and San Antonio are paying the least at $1.52 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now $1.80 which is nine cents more than last week and 64 cents less per gallon than last year.

 

Despite increases in both the statewide and national pump price averages, drivers continue to enjoy relatively low prices at the pump compared to a year ago. Gas prices are moving higher in many parts of the country as refinery maintenance season gets underway and as some refineries cut production in response to abundant supplies. Swings in gas prices at the regional level are typical for this time of year as many refineries conduct maintenance in advance of the busy summer driving season. Despite these seasonal increases, abundant gasoline supplies and lower crude oil costs should keep gas prices from rising as high as drivers have seen in recent years.

 

“As we get closer to spring many drivers will take more road trips to enjoy sunshine and warmer weather,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. “The higher demand for gasoline in order to take those trips along with refineries doing routine maintenance, are the main reasons why we typically see pump prices increase this time of year.”

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 3/3/16

2/25/16

Difference

Year Ago 3/3/15

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$1.80

$1.71

+0.09

$2.44

-0.64

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$1.60

$1.52

+0.08

$2.24

-0.64

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$1.67

$1.55

+0.12

$2.28

-0.61

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$1.56

$1.50

+0.06

$2.25

-0.69

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$1.58

$1.48

+0.10

$2.21

-0.63

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$1.52

$1.48

+0.04

$2.28

-0.76

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$1.68

$1.56

+0.12

$2.28

-0.60

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$1.66

$1.56

+0.10

$2.23

-0.57

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$1.66

$1.54

+0.12

$2.27

-0.61

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$1.57

$1.50

+0.07

$2.19

-0.62

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$1.57

$1.48

+0.09

$2.20

-0.63

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$1.52

$1.48

+0.04

$2.24

-0.72

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$1.59

$1.50

+0.09

$2.25

-0.66

07/17/08

$3.98