GAS PUMP

The statewide gas price average in Texas is $1.81 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents more than on this day last week and is 46 cents less per gallon compared to this day last year.

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Odessa are paying the most on average at $2.11 while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $1.70 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.13, which is a penny more when compared to this day last week and 48 cents less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

After three weeks of consecutive week-to-week price drops, the Texas average for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel is on the rise. Jumping crude oil prices are likely contributing to the increasing prices.

Market analysts attribute that upswing to news of progress on a COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week. Still, current coronavirus concerns have kept demand for fuel much lower than last year, which has kept gas prices lower too.

“The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Texas increased slightly for the first time in three weeks,” AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster said. “Rising crude oil prices are likely contributing to the uptick in prices at the pump, but still the average fuel price is far cheaper than at this same time last year as COVID-19 concerns linger and keep demand for gas relatively lower.”

Drivers in Texas are paying some of the cheapest prices at the pump, ranking third lowest in the country, according to gasprices.aaa.com.

Prices up to date at press time using market prices posted at 3:41 a.m. today. 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 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 AAA.com. Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: facebook.com/AAATexas.

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