Gas price average rises, remains lower than last year

After months of continuous declines in gas prices, the average for a gallon of regular unleaded is up seven cents this week in Texas. The current statewide average is $3.23. However, that is still 30 cents less than what summer travelers were paying this same time last year. The national gas price average is now $3.38.  In comparison, Texans are paying about 15 cents less than the national average. Drivers in Amarillo are paying the most on average at $3.33 and motorists in Corpus Christi are paying the least at $3.15. Drivers in Sweetwater are paying about $3.17.The reversal in a trend of falling prices at the pump in July is not a unique phenomenon.  We are now in the middle of the summer travel season and the market is responding to the successful travel weekends so far, including Memorial Day and 4th of July.  During both of those holiday weekends we saw more travelers than the year before and that increased the demand for gasoline.Additionally, in recent weeks many parts of the country have been struggling with record-breaking heat and that has impacted the energy market as well.“We encourage drivers, especially those still planning summer trips, to think about fuel efficiency,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. “Motorists should maintain their vehicles according to manufacturer’s recommendations, inspect tire inflation and tread wear, and pack smart before you hit the road.”To help consumers 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