Statewide gas price average 80 cents lower than year high

As Texas families prepare for the New Year, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Texas is four cents more than the average last week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. The current statewide average is $3.09.The national average is $3.25, also four cents more than the average last week. The statewide average price is 16 cents less than the national average. The most expensive gasoline average in the state is in Texarkana at $3.13. El Paso is reporting the least expensive average in the state at $2.97 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Texans are paying an average of $43 for a typical 14-gallon fill up.The highest Texas statewide average for 2011 was $3.89 and reached in mid-May. The current statewide average is 80 cents lower than the state’s year high. The national high was $3.98 cents and was also reached in mid-May, just before the Memorial Day holiday. According to the Oil Price Information Service the total U.S. gasoline bill this year will be just above $481-billion.  “In preparation for the New Year, adding a winter service vehicle check-up to your “To-Do” list will help you maximize your vehicle’s fuel efficiency as well as withstand any winter weather we may experience in the coming months," said AAA Texas/New Mexico Public Affairs Representative Sarah Schimmer. To decrease the likelihood of a break down, AAA recommends motorists have their vehicle serviced regularly based on the manufacturer’s recommended schedule and identify a quality repair shop. Motorists can either look for the AAA Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA Approved shop online at: