East Texas Gas Prices Are Creeping Up
If it feels like a full tank of gas is costing you more right now, it's true. The cheapest gas prices are probably gone for the year in East Texas, and prices are headed up again. But how high will they go?
AAA says the average price at the pump is up 17 cents in a month, and gas prices aren't likely to go down again anytime soon. USA Today said gas prices could edge up another 15 to 25 cents in the coming weeks because refineries are switching to summer blends, which are usually more expensive.
We probably won't get to $3 this summer, but we could get close. Gasbuddy said last year's average price topped out at $2.98, and this summer we could flirt with that again but will probably fall short. So prices aren't likely to get wildly out of control but will creep up enough to make us feel a little pinch on spring and summer road trips.
Many of the Gasbuddy prices in Tyler over the weekend hovered around $2.20 per gallon, and that's right at the state average. The lowest prices in Texas right now are around $1.80, so if you're lucky enough to find that look no further. That's the end of the rainbow.
Higher gas prices don't stop us from hitting the road, but they might force us to pack cheap snacks and skip the leisurely shopping trip at Buc-ee's to get pralines and burritos that we probably don't need anyway. Ah, never mind. We can always justify Buc-ee's.
Have a great spring break road trip! We know gas prices won't slow you down.