(Irving, TX) – Today’s statewide average price at the pump is $3.46 per gallon, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.  That price is one cent more than last week and six cents more than last year.  The national average is now $3.65, which is 19 cents more per gallon than in the Lone Star State.  Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the state, drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth are paying the most at $3.53 per gallon while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $3.37 per gallon.

Elevated global oil prices have kept a relative floor under retail gas prices for motorists.  Oil markets are keeping a close eye on simmering geopolitical tensions, most notably those in Ukraine and Libya, for developments that might impact global supply.  Although drivers in a majority of states and the District of Columbia are paying a year over year premium, Texas is among the top ten states with the least expensive gas price averages in the country.

“As people plan for road trips during the upcoming summer months, we encourage them to keep cars and trucks maintained according to their vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  “Before any road trip it’s a good idea to pull out the vehicle owner’s manual and make sure all the recommended maintenance is complete to maximize your car or truck’s fuel efficiency.”

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.com/Repair.  AAA Texas can be visited on the Internet at www.AAA.com.  Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas.