(CBSDFW.COM) – As gas prices continue to fall throughout Texas, demand for gasoline has significantly fallen as more people are forced to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.
AAA Texas reports the national demand for gasoline has hit its lowest point since 1968 and that it is expected to continue decreasing as stay-at-home orders remain in place.READ MORE: Heated Debate Over Leadership Positions During New Dallas Council's First Meeting
As far as gas prices go, the statewide average is now at $1.63 for a gallon of regular unleaded this week, according to AAA. This is 86 cents less than April 9 of last year.
“Drivers in the Lone Star state haven’t seen gas prices this cheap in four years,” AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster said. “Gasoline demand continues to decline as many people adhere to shelter in place orders.”
Some of highest prices in Texas are being seen in Midland at an average of $1.88 per gallon of regular unleaded. Drivers in the Sherman/Denison area are seeing the cheapest at around $1.23 per gallon.READ MORE: Too Much Time In North Texas Heat Leading To More Hospitalizations
Driver in North Texas are seeing varying prices of gas throughout the area.
At one pump in Dallas, a price of $1.29 per gallon of regular unleaded was seen. Premium was also at $1.69.
At one Texaco gas station in Dallas, the price per gallon of regular unleaded was $1.49.
At another pump in Plano, gas could be seen as low as $1.18 for a gallon of regular unleaded.MORE NEWS: SPCA Of Texas Rescues 12 Dogs Left Without Food, Water For 5 Days From 'Filthy, Feces-Filled' Trailer
AAA reports the national average is $1.89 per gallon.