AAA Texas: Statewide Thanksgiving gas price average highest in eight years; more expensive gas not expected to deter holiday travel


The statewide gas price average in Texas is $3.00 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is five cents less than from this day last week and is $1.21 more per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $3.22 per gallon while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $2.85 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.40, which is one cent less when compared to this day last week and $1.29 more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

With the statewide gas price average decreasing from last week, that brings a little bit of good news for drivers as AAA Texas anticipates near pre-pandemic levels of travel. AAA expects 3.9 million Texans to travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving. 3.6 million of them, or 92%, will drive to their destination. After stubbornly staying above $80 a barrel since Labor Day, the price of crude oil tumbled this week into the mid-$70s. However, drivers in Texas are paying the most for a gallon of regular unleaded on average since Thanksgiving 2013.

“92% of Texans who are traveling 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving will do so by car, despite higher gas prices due in large part to more expensive crude oil prices,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “The price of crude oil accounts for about 50% to 60% of what consumers pay at the pump, so a lower oil price should translate into better gasoline prices for drivers. However, until global oil production ramps back up to pre-pandemic levels, a recent dip in the price of crude may only be temporary.”

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