Gas prices in the Killeen area remained stable last week, averaging about $2.16 per gallon for regular gas.
The average a week ago was a penny higher, according to AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.
The weekly average is 11 cents higher than a month ago and nearly 20 cents higher than the average price a year ago on the same date.
The area’s average price is nearly 20 cents lower than the national average of $2.35 per gallon.
Around the state, Dallas remains the area with the highest average at $2.21 followed by El Paso ($2.20), Fort Worth ($2.18), Austin and Houston ($2.13), and Amarillo and Corpus Christi ($2.12).
San Antonio leads the state with the lowest average for metropolitan areas at $2.09 per gallon of regular fuel.
Motorists on Friday found the cheapest price in the area at Sam’s Club, 600 W. Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights, at $1.93 per gallon.
Murphy USA at 2010 Heights Drive had gas at $2.02 per gallon, Wal-Mart at 960 E. Farm-to-Market 2410 at $2.03 and the Corner Store at 601 E. Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights is priced $2.05.
On Friday, H-E-B at 2990 E. Business U.S. Highway 190 had gasoline at $2.01 per gallon for regular.
Stripes at 1262 Business U.S. Highway 190 was a penny higher.
Murphy USA at 2712 E. Business U.S. Highway 190 had gas at $2.02 a gallon. The Corner Store at 1102 S. Farm-to-Market 116, Exxon at 2411 E. U.S. Highway 190 and 7-Eleven at 2124 E. U.S. Highway 190 were all at $2.03 per gallon. The 7-Eleven station at 501 N. First St. was priced at $2.04 per gallon for regular.
On Friday, Wal-Mart at 3801 E. Stan Schlueter Loop and H-E-B at 2511 Trimmier Road were both priced at $2.02 per gallon.
Stripes at 2200 E. Stan Schlueter Loop was $2.04. The price of $2.05 per gallon was popular in area Corner Stores as stores on West Rancier Avenue, South W.S. Young Drive, West Stan Schlueter Loop, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Trimmer Road were all selling gas at that price. Gas at the AAFES station at 4250 Clear Creek Road was also at $2.05 per gallon.
The national average of $2.35 per gallon was 3 cents more than last week, 9 cents higher than a month ago and 23 cents more than the same time in 2016.
The latest Energy Information Administration report showed gasoline demand reached a new weekly record of 9.842 million barrels per day.
With summer demand running full steam ahead, AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch reported that drivers can expect prices to continue to rise.
The top 10 least expensive markets are South Carolina ($2.09), Mississippi ($2.09), Alabama ($2.10), Arkansas ($2.11), Oklahoma ($2.13), Tennessee ($2.14), Virginia ($2.15), Louisiana ($2.16) Missouri ($2.17) and Texas ($2.17).
Hawaii remains the nation’s most expensive market for retail gasoline at $3.06. California is second highest ($2.96), followed by Washington ($2.82), Alaska ($2.80), Oregon ($2.68) and Nevada (2.63).
After pushing above the $50 benchmark per barrel for West Texas Intermediate, the price settled at $49.58 Friday.
“Texans are enjoying some of the lowest gas prices in the country,” said AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico representative Daniel Armbruster. “Drivers in Texas are paying an average of $30 to fill a 14-gallon tank, which is the average for a family-sized vehicle.”