NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The average statewide gasoline price in Texas is $2.79 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to AAA Texas. That price is five cents less compared to a week ago and 88-cents more per gallon compared to this day last year.
Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Odessa are paying the most on average at $3.00 per gallon while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.64 per gallon.READ MORE: Fort Worth Residents Concerned About Plans To Replace Nearly 100-Year-Old Forest Park Pool
People filling up their vehicles in Dallas are paying an average $2.81 for a gallon of gas. The price for drivers in Arlington and Fort Worth is a bit cheaper at $2.80.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.15, which is three cents less when compared to this day last week and 94 cents more than the price per gallon at this time last year.READ MORE: Cook Children’s Halts Elective Surgeries Due To Staff, Bed Shortages During COVID-19 Surge
According to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. gasoline demand number increased week-to-week and remains elevated from this time last year.
Drivers are likely seeing cheaper gas prices as crude oil prices have dropped below $70 per barrel. “Even with more people driving, gas prices continue to trickle down as crude oil prices have been volatile due to concerns about future demand due to rising COVID-19 cases,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccines Don't Impact Fertility, But The Virus Does, Doctors Say
Currently, all eyes are on the Caribbean where a tropical disturbance is likely to form into a named storm. While the disturbance’s path remains uncertain at this time, forecasters say it’s possible it could impact the U.S. Gulf Coast next week where numerous refineries are located.