Statewide average gas price rises seven cents as demand rises, crude oil prices remain at $100+ – The Gilmer Mirror

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The average statewide gasoline price in Texas is $3.77 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is seven cents higher than so far last week and $1.18 higher per gallon than so far last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in El Paso paid the most on average at $3.99 per gallon, while drivers in Corpus Christi paid the least at $3.61 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $4.12, five cents higher than it was last week and $1.24 higher than the price per gallon at the same time last week. last year.

Falling gasoline prices have reversed concerns about rising global oil prices and the return of seasonal domestic gas demands. The war in Ukraine and continued supply disruptions due to less Russian oil entering the market have pushed the price of crude back above $100 a barrel. US demand has also been slowly increasing over the past few weeks, suggesting the summer driving season is just around the corner.

“As the days get longer, the weather warms up and pump prices fall from record highs, consumers feel more confident to hit the road,” the AAA spokesperson said. Texas, Daniel Armbruster. “And AAA anticipates strong demand in the coming weeks, as reservations for Memorial Day trips are already much higher than they were last year.”

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 “funny” starts and strong 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 prolonged 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. Discount Tire, for example, offers free air checks at their stores.

· When driving around town, adjust your speed to “time” traffic lights. This reduces repeated braking and acceleration which consumes extra fuel.

· When approaching a red light or stop sign, ease off the throttle early and let your car slow down until it’s time to brake.

According to gasprices.aaa.com, drivers in Texas pay the fifth lowest average price in the country. Meanwhile, California drivers pay the most at $5.69 on average for a gallon more than regular unleaded.

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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.

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