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Average gasoline price drops one cent in Beaumont

Updated: Tuesday, July 1 2014, 12:49 PM CDT
BEAUMONT - The average price for one gallon of unleaded gasoline has decreased one cent in the past week. It's $3.45 a gallon. The average was $3.27 at this time last year. The record high was $4 a gallon in July 2008.

(Irving, TX) - People driving to Independence Day celebrations will get a slight break at the gas pumps this week.  The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel in the Lone Star State is now $3.50, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.  That price is two cents lower than one week ago and 17 cents less than the national average of $3.67.  Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in El Paso are paying the most at $3.57 per gallon while drivers in Amarillo and Corpus Christi are paying the least at $3.41 per gallon.

Gas prices often decline in June as refineries complete maintenance and increase gasoline production in anticipation of the summer driving season.  However, that did not happen this year due to unexpected violence in Iraq.  The situation in Iraq continues to put pressure on global oil prices, as markets weigh the potential for supply disruptions from OPEC's second largest producer.  These elevated oil prices have ultimately meant stubbornly high retail gasoline prices for drivers.

Despite the higher prices at the pumps for this time of year, analysts do not believe they will have a significant impact on the number of people traveling, but could result in some consumers cutting back on dining, shopping or other trip activities.  AAA Texas forecasts three million Texans will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the Independence Day travel period which runs from Wed., July 2 to Sun., July 6.  Of those Texans expected to travel for the 4th of July, 2.5 million will go by automobile.

"Before heading out on a road trip, make sure your car or truck is maintained according to manufacturer recommendations, including tire pressure and tire tread," said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  "Also, make sure everyone is buckled up properly including children in age and weight appropriate child safety seats, pay attention to the road ahead by not being distracted, obey speed limits and never drink and drive."

To help members and non-members identify quality auto repair shops that can assist in the maintenance and repair of their vehicles, AAA offers the Approved Auto Repair program as a free public service.  AAA-approved repair facilities meet and maintain high professional standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA-approved shop online at  AAA Texas can be visited on the Internet at  Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: gasoline price drops one cent in Beaumont

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