Although average retail gasoline prices are on the decline both nationally and statewide, prices at the pump inched up slightly in Killeen this week.
Star Mart, on Rancier Avenue and 46th Street, offered Killeen residents the lowest prices, at $3.36 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. Motorists paid 13 cents more at Texaco, on East Rancier Avenue and North 16th Street, and Exxon, located at East Rancier Avenue and North Gray Street.
Prices at the pump in Harker Heights ranged from $3.35 per gallon, at the Corner Store on East Central Texas Expressway and Indian Trail, to $3.59 per gallon, at Texaco on East Veterans Memorial Boulevard near Valley Road.
The cheapest gas in Copperas Cove was found for $3.36 per gallon at Texaco, located at East U.S. Highway 190 near Dewald Street. Valero, on First Street Suite 200 and Bonnie Lane, had the most expensive prices, at $3.45 per gallon.
Although Hubert Collins lives 6 miles from Florence, he said he prefers to drive into Killeen, and fill his tank at the H-E-B Plus on Trimmier Road. The grocery chain offers 11 cents off per gallon if customers buy the gas with an H-E-B gift card.
It’s cheaper to fill up in Killeen than in Florence, Collins said — although recently, he noticed prices creeping up even at his gas station of choice. “They’ve gone up even more in the last two days. I want them to go down.”
Texas gas prices decline
Prices in Texas, however, are down — averaging $3.47 per gallon on Sunday, a 1.8-cent per gallon decrease from last week. This compares with the national average that fell 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week, to $3.65 for one gallon.
Downward trend in U.S.
Despite some of the highest Independence Day gas prices since 2008, the national average has embarked on a downward trend that is likely to continue in the absence of hurricanes or disruptions in Iraq, said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com.
“Gas prices over the next few weeks could fall more than 10 cents per gallon should the aforementioned situations remain quiet, which is most welcome as the peak of the summer driving season comes into focus,” DeHaan said.
Including the change in gas prices in Texas during the past week, Sunday’s prices were 14.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago, and 2.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.
The national average decreased 0.7 cents per gallon during the last month, and stands 17.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.