AAA Texas: Lone Star State has lowest gas price average in the country

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The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.71 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents less than on this day last week and is $1.06 more 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 $2.98 while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.59 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.04, which is the same when compared to this day last week and $1.06 more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

Texas has the lowest gas price average of any state in the U.S. this week. The statewide gas price average seems to have found balance, at least in the short-term, even after millions of Texans were expected to travel over the 5-day Memorial Day holiday period. The latest data from the Energy Information Administration is set to be released Thursday afternoon, and most industry analysts say they expect gasoline demand to remain strong as more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this week, OPEC+ agreed to slowly increase production in the coming months.

“A revival of summer travel is projected to help keep gasoline demand strong,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “While Texas has the lowest gas price average of any state in the U.S., drivers are paying $1.06 more per gallon compared to this same time last year.”

Texans preparing for a road trip can estimate how much it will cost to fill up their tank by using the Gas Cost Calculator on gasprices.aaa.com.

Prices up Thursday 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.

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