Gas prices dropping as three million Texans hit the road for Mem

Gas prices dropping as three million Texans hit the road for Memorial Day weekend

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.56 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents less than on this day last week and is 20 cents less per gallon compared to this day last year.

Lubbock gas prices have seen no change on this day last week at $2.54 per gallon. Amarillo gas prices have dropped by one cent to $2.51 per gallon this week.

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $2.76 while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.40 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.84, which is two cents less than this day last week and 12 cents less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

AAA is forecasting that three million Texans, the highest number on record, will to drive to their Memorial Day weekend destination. That number exceeds last year's figure by nearly 100,000 people. Gas prices are getting cheaper for the majority of Texas motorists despite the fact that gasoline stocks remain lower compared to this time one year ago. Crude oil prices have remained relatively stable recently, which is one reason gas prices are cheaper than last year at this time. Across the U.S., motorists can find gas for $2.75 or less at nearly half of all gas stations in the country.

"As three million Texans hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, the most ever, gas prices continue to go down and are 20 cents cheaper on average in Texas compared to this time last year," said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico spokesperson. "AAA Texas reminds all motorists to prioritize safety and never drive intoxicated or 'intexticated', as both have deadly consequences."

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