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Crude oil prices remain at $100+ per barrel

LUBBOCK, Texas – The recent drop in gasoline prices reversed course this week on concerns about rising crude oil prices and seasonal demand for domestic gasoline, according to a Press release from AAA Texas.

the statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel was reported at $3,781 on Saturday and was trending higher.

“As the days get longer, the weather warms up and pump prices fall from record highs, consumers feel more confident to hit the road,” the AAA spokesperson said. Texas, Daniel Armbruster. “And AAA anticipates strong demand in the coming weeks, as reservations for Memorial Day trips are already much higher than they were last year.”

The auto club said Texas drivers on average paid the fifth-lowest gas price across the country this week.

El Paso drivers paid the highest average gas price last week. The cheapest gas price average was reported in Corpus Christi.

AAA Texas announced the Lone Star State’s highest-ever record average price for a gallon of regular unleaded at $4.01 on March 11.

the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel was reported at $4,120 on Saturday and holding steady.

The war in Ukraine and continued supply disruptions due to less Russian oil entering the market have caused the price of crude to stay above $100 a barrel.

Gasoline demand in the United States has been slowly increasing over the past few weeks, suggesting that the summer driving season is just around the corner.

AAA and AAA Texas continue to offer these tips to help drivers improve fuel efficiency and save money:

  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. Higher speeds result in more aerodynamic drag.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions significantly increase fuel consumption.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads as this could result in loss of vehicle control.
  • Minimize your use of air conditioning.
  • Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in cold weather. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Download the AAA app to find the cheapest gas prices near you.
  • Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular maintenance will ensure optimum fuel economy.
  • Make sure your tires are well maintained and inflated to the correct level.
  • When driving around town, adjust your speed to “time” traffic lights. This reduces repeated braking and acceleration which consumes extra fuel.
  • When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the accelerator early and let your car slow down until it’s time to brake.

Meanwhile in Lubbock, AAA Texas said the average sale price was reported at $3.645 on Saturday, the third-lowest in the state.

The website GasBuddy.com fetched an average retail price of $3.62 here in Central City. However, prices have been reported as low as $3.49 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

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