Average gas prices in Texas and across the country have risen significantly over the past week, similar to a price spike following a major hurricane. The statewide average gas price has not reached $3.38 since August 2014. The energy market has been volatile in recent weeks due to the war between Russia and Ukraine , which has led to uncertainty about the supply of crude oil from Russia on the world market. This uncertainty is driving crude oil prices well past $100 a barrel and means gasoline prices will more than likely continue to rise as drivers prepare for the spring travel season.
“Oil prices soared to 11-year highs due to volatility in global crude markets caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” the AAA spokesperson said. Texas, Daniel Armbruster. “The demand for gasoline will only increase as spring approaches and more people travel. Add to that rising crude oil prices and drivers can expect to continue to see even higher fuel prices in the days and weeks ahead.
According to gasprices.aaa.com, drivers in Texas pay the third-lowest average gas price in the nation, tied with Mississippi. Meanwhile, California drivers pay the most at $4.94 on average for a gallon more than regular unleaded.
AAA tips to save money on fuel:
Bad driving is not only dangerous. It’s expensive. Studies have repeatedly shown that personal driving habits are the single most important factor affecting vehicle fuel efficiency. Adopting new and improved driving behaviors can contribute to significant savings at the gas pump. Here are some simple ways drivers can improve their fuel mileage:
- Slow down and drive the speed limit. Higher speeds result in more aerodynamic drag.
- Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions significantly increase fuel consumption.
- Use cruise control on the highway to maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads as this could result in loss of vehicle control.
- Minimize your use of air conditioning.
- Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in cold weather. 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 maintenance will ensure optimum fuel economy.
- Make sure your tires are well maintained and inflated to the correct level.
- When driving around town, adjust your speed to “time” traffic lights. This reduces repeated braking and acceleration that consumes extra fuel.
- When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the accelerator early and let your car slow down until it’s time to brake.
Updated prices at press time using market prices posted at 3:41 a.m. Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free, revamped AAA iPhone app, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route and find out 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 help maintain and repair 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 shops or search online for a nearby AAA-approved shop at AAA.com/Repair. AAA Texas branches statewide can be found by visiting www.AAA.com. Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas.