AAA Texas: Biggest Weekly Gas Price Jump Statewide Since 2017

COPPELL, Texas – The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.12 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is 14 cents more than this day last week and is 14 cents less per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $2.40 while drivers in Beaumont, Tyler and Wichita Falls are paying the least at $2.07 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.38, which is10 cents more than this day last week and 14 cents less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

Drivers across the U.S. are seeing more expensive gas prices as a result of ongoing refinery problems coupled with crude oil prices hitting their highest level so far this year as global crude inventories tighten. The last time the Texas statewide gas price average jumped more than 14 cents in one week was August 2017. The average increased by 23 cents, week-to-week, after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

“Prices at the pump are spiking as global crude inventories tighten and crude oil prices are hitting their highest level so far this year,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico spokesperson. “Inventories are likely to continue to tighten and keep gas prices higher through the end of the month.”

Three South and Southeast states (Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas) have seen gas prices increase by at least a dime on the week and also land on the top 10 list with this week’s largest increases in the country.

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.

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.