Tyler has the cheapest gas in the state, according to AAA Texas.
Drivers in Tyler are paying on average of $1.48 per gallon for regular unleaded gas, which is more than 10 cents less than the state average and nearly 50 cents less than the national average, AAA Texas’ weekly Gas Watch shows.
A spot check of gas prices in Tyler on Friday, showed that some stations were selling gas for as low as $1.35 a gallon.
The statewide gas price average in Texas is $1.60 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to this week’s Gas Watch.
The latest price is 6 cents more than on this day last week and 97 cents less per gallon compared to this day last year, the weekly report found. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $1.76.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $1.93, which is 6 cents more compared to this day last week and 91 cents less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
Drivers are filling up with the cheapest gas for this holiday weekend in almost two decades, according to AAA. This price drop is due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on gasoline and crude oil demand as many continue to stay home.
“Even with a holiday weekend just ahead, COVID-19 continues to create demand destruction around the state and country,” Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster said in a news release. “Drivers can expect pump prices to push slightly higher in the days ahead due to rising gasoline demand as some states are lifting stay-at-home restrictions and crude oil prices increase.”
According to AAA, gas stations are beginning to switch over to summer-blend gasoline made to prevent excessive evaporation during hotter months.
Typically, the switchover to summer-blend can cause gas prices to spike during the summer driving season, but that will likely not be the case this year due to the impact of COVID-19 on demand and crude oil prices, predicts the organization.