Gas Climbs 2 Cents at the Pump
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The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.27 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents more than last week and 37 cents more per gallon than last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Dallas are paying the most on average at $2.34 per gallon while drivers in Corpus Christi are paying the least at $2.16 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.42 which is two cents more than last week and 31 cents more per gallon than last year.
Retail gas prices in 43 states and Washington D.C. moved higher during the last week. This increase was most prevalent in the East Coast region where refiners wrapped up seasonal maintenance resulting in significant prices increases. The country’s six most expensive gas prices continue to reside on the West Coast. States in the southern region of the country, including Texas, are posting some of the cheapest prices for gasoline despite recent increases in each state’s respective average price. As we enter into the high-drive season of summer, the demand for gas will increase, and potentially lead to increases at the pump through September.
“Texas drivers are paying an average of $32 per tank for the average family sized vehicle,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico representative Sarah Schimmer. “Nationally the average is $34 per full up for a 14-gallon tank, or the family sized vehicle.”