WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Prices at the pump are down this week in the Lone Star State. The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel is $2.15.
According to AAA Texas, that price is two cents lower than last week and 18 cents more than this time last year. The national price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.34 which is two cents less than last week and 21 cents higher than this time last year.
Drivers will likely see prices increase across the country as strong gasoline production levels and seasonal demand stay on track. Various regions of the country are expecting a tourism increase as a result of the August 21 solar eclipse, as well as back-to-school preparations and routines.
"Prices at the pump continue a slow, upward climb as the robust summer travel season ends. AAA Texas branch offices can work with families to stretch those last vacation budget dollars to fit in a final summer trip before school starts," said AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico Representative Sarah Schimmer said in a statement. "AAA Texas also reminds drivers to review basic bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety with children returning to school as well as encouraging drivers to stay mindful and alert in increased traffic volumes as school gets underway."
The next big travel holiday is Labor Day weekend. Newschannel 6 will keep an eye on gas prices as the holiday weekend approaches.