Gas Prices Jump In Summer Heat

AAA Texas released the following on Texas gas prices:

The average for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel in Texas is now $3.49. That's $0.13 more than last week.

Drivers in Dallas/Fort Worth are paying the most on average at $3.52, and motorists in El Paso are paying the least at $3.21.  The average in the Lone Star State is 17 cents less than the national gas price average of $3.66 a gallon.

The higher pump prices are due to rising global crude oil prices, much more expensive domestic ethanol as a result of the current Midwestern drought and an increase in demand due to the summer driving season.

"Right now Texans are paying about $49 to fill up a typical vehicle's 14-gallon tank," said AAA Texas/New Mexico Public Affairs Representative Doug Shupe.  "Some analysts say drivers will likely face higher pump prices in the weeks ahead until the summer draws to a close.  Price decreases may resume in the fall when summer travel ends."

For those who still have summer road trips to take, AAA Texas recommends you maintain your vehicle according to manufacturer recommendations, keep tires properly inflated and inspect tread wear.