(Coppell, TX) – The statewide gas pump price average in Texas is $2.15 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents less than last week and is 18 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year.
Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average per gallon at $2.20, while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.06 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.34, which is two cents less than last week and 21 cents higher than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
Prices Likely to Continue to Climb
According to market analysts, as strong gasoline production levels and seasonal demand stay on track, drivers will likely see prices continue to climb across the country. Overall, the inventory in the South and Southeast states, which include Texas, is the largest inventory of any region in the country, keeping gasoline prices among the lowest in the country. Demand remains strong into the end of summer. Various regions of the country are expecting a tourism increase as a result of the August 21 solar eclipse, locally consumers across the South and Southeast region are settling into back-to-school preparations and routines, and the anticipation of Labor Day travel closing the summer vacation season are all contributing to higher demand as the summer draws to a close.
“Prices at the pump continue a slow, upward climb as the robust summer travel season ends. AAA Texas branch offices can work with families to stretch those last vacation budget dollars to fit in a final summer trip before school starts,” said AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico Representative Sarah Schimmer. “AAA Texas also reminds drivers to review basic bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety with children returning to school as well as encouraging drivers to stay mindful and alert in increased traffic volumes as school gets underway.”
Prices up to date at press time using market prices posted at 3:41 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 .
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