AUSTIN (KXAN) — Although the average price Texans pay at a gas station has risen over the past week — 14 cents to $2.99 a gallon — it still remains the lowest average of all, according to AAA Texas. US states.
The national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.38, up 11 cents from last week.
Of the Texas metropolitan areas surveyed, AAA found that the most expensive average was in El Paso, where drivers pay an average of $3.43 per gallon. Texans get the best deal per gallon in the Sherman-Denison metropolitan area, about an hour north of Dallas, where people pay $2.90, according to his analysis.
In the Austin-San Marcos metropolitan area, drivers pay nearly the state average of $3 a gallon, up 16 cents from last week.
The reason for the jump in prices is due to the rise in crude oil prices in the past few days, according to AAA Texas.
“Crude oil accounts for about 60% of the cost of every gallon of gasoline. To maximize fuel economy, drivers should maintain their vehicles regularly and avoid speeding, in addition to other tips found on AAA.com,” said AAA Texas spokesman Daniel Armbruster.