Rising gas prices won’t get a break like many families in Texas will this coming week.

The statewide gas price average in Texas is now $2.29 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is one cent more than last week and is 18 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year.

The H-E-B located at 1101 W Stan Schlueter Loop had the cheapest gallon of gas, priced at $2.13 a gallon, according to Saturday morning. AAFES at 4250 Clear Creek Road also had gas for $2.13 a gallon.

Stripes at 2200 E Stan Schlueter Loop sold gas at $2.14 a gallon.

Valeros at 1000 W Stan Schlueter Loop and 3900 Trimmer Rd sold gas at $2.15 a gallon.

In Harker Heights, Sam’s Club at 600 W Central Texas Expressway sold a gallon for $2.06 Saturday morning. H-E-B at 601 Indian Trail Drive and Murphy USA at 2010 Heights Drive sold gas for $2.10 a gallon.

Valero at 601 E Central Texas Expressway sold gas for $2.12 a gallon.

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $2.54 while drivers in El Paso are paying the least at $2.16 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.53, which is one cent less than this day last week and 23 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

Crude oil prices have fluctuated in 2018, with strong gasoline demand and new U.S. oil production records creating a volatile gas price market from month to month for consumers. Across the U.S., gas prices have risen in 25 states over the last week. Some states have seen prices go up as much as nine cents for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. While Texas no longer has the cheapest prices in the nation for the week, the Lone Star State remains in the top 5. Alabama now has the lowest statewide average at $2.27.

“Many Texans will have to pay slightly more for gas this Spring Break compared to last year,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico Spokesman. “Impaired driving remains a serious issue in Texas. Those who intend to include alcohol in their Spring Break celebrations should plan ahead by saving a cab company or ridesharing service in their cell phone or designate a sober driver before having that first drink. Under no circumstance is it ever safe to get behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol.” | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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