The statewide gas price average in Texas is now $2.43 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.
That price is one cent more than last week and is 24 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Odessa are paying the most on average at $2.68 while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.32 per gallon.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.66, which is one cent more than this day last week and 29 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
Today, only 38 percent of U.S. gas stations are selling gasoline for $2.50 or less and that percentage will likely dwindle in coming weeks. Strong demand and preparation for summer gasoline are key factors that have driven and will continue to drive higher gas prices into early spring.
“Texans are paying 24 cents more per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline when you compare today’s statewide average price to the price on this day one year ago,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico Spokesperson. “Even with rising fuel prices, Texas is ranked the 4th cheapest state in the country this week when it comes to retail gas prices.”
Market analysts anticipate that gas prices will increase as spring moves forward. In the south and southeast regions of the U.S., gas inventories saw an increase, helping to keep prices in the region lower than most other parts of 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 .
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