What’s the best day to buy gas?

The weekend is the cheapest time for motorists to fill the tank, according to a four-year study done by GasBuddy.com, a website that lists area gas prices in real time.

“Surprisingly, many states see the lowest gasoline prices for the week during the weekend, which may come as a surprise to many motorists,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com.

While prices might be lower on the weekends, some drivers in the Killeen area said their decisions to fill up were based more on necessity than price.

“I just fill up anytime I need it,” said Melia Coe, who was getting gas in Copperas Cove on Friday morning after finishing a six-hour road trip.

Mike Aker, who operates a local lawn care business, said price does not influence his choice of gas. He

only puts branded gas, such as Chevron, Exxon and Shell, into his cars.

“I had a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan ... I only put Chevron with Techron in it,” Aker said. “It had 250,000 miles on it when I traded it in with no mechanical issues.”

Paying even a nickel more for gas costs him only a few dollars more per tank, he said.

“If I go get a heart surgeon, I’m not looking for the guy with the special,” Aker said.

Currently, the average price for a gallon of unleaded fuel in Texas is $3.09, 13 cents less than a year ago. Texas prices consistently are lower on average than national prices. This year, gas in Texas is 18 cents lower than the national average of $3.27 per gallon.

John Gilmore, owner of Big Chief Distributing Company in Killeen, said the price fluctuation might be due to wider market forces, local competition and suppliers.

“The closer you are to refineries, the cheaper it is, and about 95 percent of our gasoline comes from Waco,” he said.

Contact Courtney Griffin at cgriffin@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7559

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