Statewide average gas price remains lower than last year

Drivers in Texas are now paying an average of $3.29 according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.  That’s up six cents from last week, but still 30 cents lower than this same time last year. Motorists in Ft. Worth are paying the most on average at $3.39 and drivers in Corpus Christi are paying the least at $3.16. Nationwide the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now $3.44, which is 15 cents higher than the average price Texans are paying. Motorists in Sweetwater are paying an average of $3.29, 12 cents higher than last week.Rising gas prices in July also occurred last summer.  Prices have increased over the last several weeks due to better than expected global economic news. Stronger global economies would be expected to demand more crude oil which puts upward pressure on prices.“Right now Texans are paying an average of $46 to fill up a 14 gallon-size tank, which is the average size fuel tank of a typical family car,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. “Summer motorists are encouraged to keep their vehicles maintained according to manufacturer recommendations to maximize their vehicle’s fuel efficiency.”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