AAA: Record-breaking Independence Day travel without record-breaking gas prices

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Just when you thought gas prices across Texas would continue rising, now comes this: Falling gas prices in the Lone Star State – and in San Antonio.

The statewide gas price average in Texas is $3.18 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is three cents less than on this day last week and is $1.33 less per gallon compared to this day last year.

San Antonio is also getting a break with this week’s average price of $3.15 per gallon of regular eight cents lower than one week ago. One year ago, the San Antonio average price was $4.48 per gallon, a difference of $1.33.

“Gas prices are much cheaper this Independence Day than last year,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Joshua Zuber. “Pump price fluctuations remains possible as demand for fuel is strong. However, crude prices have balanced out and will likely keep retail gas prices from increasing much over the busy holiday weekend.”

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $3.32 per gallon while drivers in San Angelo are paying the least at $2.95 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.55, which is three cents less when compared to this day last week and $1.32 less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

Drivers in Texas are paying the seventh lowest gas price average in the country, according to gasprices.aaa.com. Meanwhile, drivers in Washington are paying the most at $4.99 on average for a gallon of regular unleaded.

AAA projects this will Independence Day holiday period will be the busiest on record for Texas (click here to view report). Despite the fact that more than three million Texans will be taking a road trip this weekend, gas prices have decreased slightly week-over-week. Crude oil prices have remained stable, which will likely continue to keep gas prices in check. Today the statewide average is $1.32 lower than one year ago.

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