The statewide gas price average in Texas is $3.34 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents more per gallon than it was on this day last week and is 42 cents less 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 $3.58 per gallon while drivers in McAllen are paying the least at $3.16 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.69, which is five cents more when compared to this day last week and 42 cents less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
The last time the Texas statewide fuel price average was at $3.34 per gallon was September 1, 2022. With recently higher crude oil prices – pump prices are also increasing in many parts of the state. What may be keeping gas prices from being even higher than where they are now is the uncertainty that exists around the economy and concerns of a possible economic slowdown. With summer driving season just around the corner, it is unlikely prices will decrease by much any time soon, but fluctuations are possible. Right now, AAA Texas travel advisors expect this summer to be very busy as bookings are outpacing pre-pandemic levels.
“Gas prices are still climbing with the statewide average now at its highest point in more than seven months,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “More expensive crude oil, the switchover to summer-blend fuel and a busy summer driving season that’s just around the corner are putting upward pressure on pump prices.”
Drivers in Texas are paying the fifth lowest gas price average in the country, according to gasprices.aaa.com. Meanwhile, drivers in California are paying the most at $4.91 on average for a gallon of regular unleaded.
AAA Tips to save money on fuel:
Bad driving isn’t just unsafe. It’s expensive. Studies by the AAA Automotive Research Center have repeatedly shown that personal driving habits are the single biggest factor that affects vehicle fuel consumption. Adopting new and improved driving behaviors can contribute to significant savings at the gas pump. Here are some simple ways drivers can improve fuel efficiency:
- Slow down and drive the speed limit. Higher speeds result in more aerodynamic drag.
- Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
- Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because a loss of vehicle control could result.
- Minimize your use of air conditioning.
- Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
- Download the AAA App to find the cheapest gas prices near you.
- Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
- Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
- When driving in town, adjust your speed to “time” the traffic lights. This reduces repeated braking and acceleration that consume additional fuel. Discount Tire, for example, offers free air checks at their shops.
- When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the gas early and allow your car to coast down to a slower speed until it is time to brake.