Aug. 31–Drivers across Texas this Labor Day weekend will see some relief at the gas pump, but experts say it might not last long.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported the statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.60 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel.
That price is one cent less than this day last week and is 38 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year.
Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $3.06 while drivers in Wichita Falls are paying the least at $2.51 per gallon.
In Cleburne, drivers were paying an average of $2.46 per gallon on Thursday.
Randy Cheng of Cleburne watched the price at the pump continue to rise as he filled up his Dodge Ram on Thursday.
“Right now I’m spending about $150 a week on gas to work on my ranch,” he said. “The prices seem to keep jumping up and down each day. I wish they would just keep going down, ya know?”
Last year’s Labor Day weekend saw gas prices spike from Hurricane Harvey; as it battered the Texas coast, it shut down refineries and pipelines driving gas prices toward their highest point of 2017.
“While many Texans continue to see gas prices drop heading into Labor Day weekend, pump prices are at their highest point for the holiday since 2014,” AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster said. “Drivers looking to save on fuel costs this Labor Day should avoid quick starts and stops, as well as ensure tires are properly inflated and their vehicle is up-to-date on maintenance before traveling.”
Despite no hurricane activity this Labor Day weekend, gas prices will be at their highest point for the holiday since 2014.
“It’s been consistently a more painful summer at the pump than what we’ve been accustomed to when compared to the last few summers,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Without major hurricanes, we should continue to see prices gently decline in the weeks ahead as demand begins to slow into the autumn, wrapping up the priciest summer at the pump since 2014, but overall, with a moderately less sting than what we saw earlier on this decade.
“Next year may follow in this year’s footsteps with higher Labor Day gas prices, so what we’re upset about this year could bring nostalgic memories next year. Enjoy it while it lasts.”
According to GasBuddy, motorists this summer have had to put in nearly two hours of “labor” to fill their tanks
“While gas prices have remained high, motorists have worked hard to fill their tanks,” DeHaan said. “Taking into account the average wages across the nation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American needs to perform an hour and 48 minutes of labor to earn enough money to fill a tank of gasoline.”
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