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.

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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.

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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.

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