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Gas prices reach new 2018 low as record number of Texans drive to their holiday destination

Posted: 11:13 AM, Dec 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-20 19:25:43-05

 

The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.02 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

For up to date gas prices in your area, check out the KRIS 6 News’ Pump Busters page.

 

That price is five cents less than this day last week and is 15 cents less per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $2.54 while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $1.88 per gallon.

 

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.36, which is four cents less than this day last week and seven cents less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

 

The last time Texans paid $2.02 for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was July 2017. With 8.4 million Texans expected to travel 50 miles or more to their holiday destination, a year-end travel record and 4 percent increase over last year, drivers will certainly experience savings at the pump compared to this time last year.

Gas prices have been falling in Texas since mid-October due to falling crude oil prices.

“AAA Texas expects 8.4 million Texans to drive to their holiday destination this year, which is a 4 percent increase year-over-year,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico spokesperson. “No doubt cheaper gas prices are fueling their decision to hit the road. Drivers can download the AAA mobile app for free to find the cheapest gas on their route.”

Many South and Southeast states have gas price averages that are pennies away from falling below $2.00 per gallon. On the week, Florida was the only state in the country and region to see prices increase.

 

Area 12/20/2018 Week Ago Week Ago Difference Year Ago Year Ago Difference Date Record Price
National $2.36 $2.40 -0.04 $2.43 -0.07 07/17/08 $4.11
Texas $2.02 $2.07 -0.05 $2.17 -0.15 07/17/08 $3.98
Abilene $2.01 $2.10 -0.09 $2.20 -0.19
Amarillo $1.88 $1.92 -0.04 $2.12 -0.24 07/15/08 $4.01
Austin-San Marcos $2.05 $2.10 -0.05 $2.14 -0.09 07/17/08 $3.97
Beaumont-Port Arthur $2.03 $2.07 -0.04 $2.17 -0.14 07/16/08 $4.00
Brownsville-Harlingen $1.95 $2.00 -0.05 $2.09 -0.14
College Station-Bryan $2.07 $2.11 -0.04 $2.21 -0.14
Corpus Christi $1.97 $2.03 -0.06 $2.12 -0.15 07/15/08 $3.96
Dallas $1.97 $2.01 -0.04 $2.13 -0.16 07/16/08 $3.98
El Paso $2.03 $2.10 -0.07 $2.33 -0.30 07/17/08 $3.97
Fort Worth-Arlington $1.96 $2.00 -0.04 $2.12 -0.16 07/16/08 $3.97
Galveston-Texas City $2.02 $2.07 -0.05 $2.17 -0.15 07/14/08 $3.97
Houston $2.02 $2.07 -0.05 $2.16 -0.14 07/17/08 $3.96
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood $1.98 $2.03 -0.05 $2.12 -0.14
Laredo $2.03 $2.05 -0.02 $2.12 -0.09
Longview $1.99 $2.05 -0.06 $2.22 -0.23
Lubbock $1.91 $1.96 -0.05 $2.20 -0.29
McAllen $1.94 $1.99 -0.05 $2.09 -0.15
Midland $2.54 $2.63 -0.09 $2.49 +0.05
Odessa $2.51 $2.59 -0.08 $2.45 +0.06
San Angelo $1.96 $2.02 -0.06 $2.12 -0.16
San Antonio $1.95 $2.00 -0.05 $2.06 -0.11 07/16/08 $3.96
Sherman-Denison $1.89 $1.97 -0.08 $2.08 -0.19
Texarkana $1.95 $1.99 -0.04 $2.16 -0.21 07/16/08 $3.98
Tyler $1.93 $1.97 -0.04 $2.17 -0.24
Victoria $2.06 $2.11 -0.05 $2.14 -0.08
Waco $2.00 $2.04 -0.04 $2.14 -0.14
Wichita Falls $1.94 $1.99 -0.05 $2.13 -0.19