As of Friday, Big Pantry was offering its regular unleaded for $3.29.
“What happens with gas prices this year will depend on what happens both domestically and globally,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Sarah Schimmer. “Regardless of where gas prices go in the coming year, consumers can keep more money in their pocketbooks by keeping their car maintained to ensure maximum fuel efficiency, traveling light and combining trips.”
Last week, the statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded increased six cents to $3.13, according to AAA Texas. Motorists in Texarkana are paying the most on average at $3.19 per gallon, while drivers in El Paso are paying an average of $3.03.
AAA Texas forecasts that, following the fiscal cliff deal, prices this year will remain high, but may be cheaper than in 2012 due to increased domestic crude oil production, which is expected to remain lower than in recent years.
“There was a period where prices did go down, but I think it’s going to continue to increase now,” Palacios said.