COPPELL, Texas – The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.59 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is three cents less than on this day last week and is four 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 $2.76 while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.45 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.88, which is one cent less than this day last week and four cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
While gasoline demand remains robust, gasoline inventories built for the first time since early February, which was a surprise, and contributed to a very small drop in gas price averages. Twenty-seven states saw gas prices decrease or hold steady on the week. Texas has not seen its statewide average decrease since the beginning of February, when the average for a gallon of regular unleaded was $1.97.
“The statewide gas price average for Texas decreased for the first time since the beginning of February,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico spokesperson. “While the price is slightly lower compared to last week, it’s not likely this will be a long-lasting trend as demand for gasoline remains robust and summer driving season is right around the corner.”
An all-time record high for domestic crude production last week — at 12.3 million barrels per day — contributed to the substantial growth in U.S. crude stocks, which likely also was a reason crude oil saw losses on the stock market. Market observers will look to see if the growth in crude stocks continues ahead of summer In related news, Baker Hughes, Inc. reported that the U.S. gained two oil rigs last week.
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.