AAA Texas: Statewide Gas Price Average Remains Steady

(Coppell, TX) – The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.18 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is the same as last week and 15 cents more per gallon than last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $2.22 per gallon while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $2.07 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.34 which is the same as last week and 10 cents more per gallon than last year.

 

The latest Energy Information Association (EIA) report shows that gasoline demand increased compared to last week. Despite the jump in demand, the continued oversupply of gasoline caused prices in most parts of the country to drop or remain steady. In coming weeks, the onset of summer travel is likely to increase demand which might help dip into high gasoline stocks; however, it may not be enough demand to increase prices significantly.

 

AAA Texas forecasts that 3.2 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. The number of Texans travelling this year 2.6 percent higher than last year and is the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005. The vast majority of holiday travelers are still planning to hit the road. Automobile travel will grow by 2.4 percent this Memorial Day, with 2.8 million Texans planning a holiday road trip. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.

 

“Nationwide AAA forecasts coming to the aid of more than 330,000 motorists across the country during the Memorial Day holiday weekend,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico representative Sarah Schimmer. “AAA Texas reminds auto travelers to include auto maintenance into your budget. Addressing maintenance or repairs before you head out on a road trip can ensure you spend more time enjoying your destination.”


Prices up to date at press time using market prices posted at 3:42 a.m. Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free and revamped AAA 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.com/mobile.

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.

 

Find additional news from AAA Texas in our online newsroom at http://tx-aaa.iprsoftware.com/.

 

 

Area

Current 5/18/17

5/11/17

Difference

Year Ago 5/18/16

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$2.34

$2.34

0.00

$2.24

+0.10

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$2.18

$2.18

0.00

$2.03

+0.15

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$2.07

$2.06

+0.01

$1.98

+0.09

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$2.16

$2.18

-0.02

$2.00

+0.16

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$2.12

$2.14

-0.02

$1.99

+0.13

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$2.08

$2.09

-0.01

$1.98

+0.10

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$2.20

$2.16

+0.04

$2.08

+0.12

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$2.22

$2.24

-0.02

$2.07

+0.15

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$2.20

$2.15

+0.05

$2.07

+0.13

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$2.21

$2.24

-0.03

$2.01

+0.20

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$2.19

$2.21

-0.02

$2.00

+0.19

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$2.13

$2.15

-0.02

$1.96

+0.17

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$2.10

$2.07

+0.03

$2.04

+0.06

07/17/08

$3.98