IRVING – The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the Lone Star State is now $3.52, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents higher than one week ago but 16 cents lower than the national average of $3.68. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Dallas are paying the most at $3.58 per gallon while drivers in Corpus Christi are paying the least at $3.42 per gallon.
Moving into the busy summer travel season, the demand for fuel is up which can lead to higher prices at the pump. Also, concerns over violence by the militant group known as ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) have helped increase global oil prices, which make it more expensive to produce gasoline.
“There are both international and domestic factors that analysts will keep a close eye on in the coming months,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. “They’ll be watching the situation in Iraq and they’ll be watching for potential storms to develop as we move further along into the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.”
In the meantime, AAA Texas recommends the following tips to maximize fuel efficiency:
• Keep vehicles maintained according to manufacturer recommendations, including tire pressure and tread.
• Lighten the load by not hauling unnecessary weight.
• Consolidate and plan trips to cut down on miles traveled.
• Use air conditioning conservatively. Use “economy” or “recirculate” feature, if available.
• Watch for lower fuel prices, but don’t waste gas driving far to save a few cents.
• Maintain steady and moderate speeds when driving. Higher speeds require more fuel.
• Avoid quick starts and sudden stops.