Gas prices are continuing to increase in the Lone Star State. AAA Texas reports that the average gas price in Texas has increased to $2.51 per gallon of regular unleaded fuel, a four cent increase from last week but remains 94 cents per gallon less than last year

Drivers in El Paso are paying the highest on average within the state at $2.65 per gallon while drivers in Beaumont are paying the least at $2.44 per gallon. Texans are paying 21 cents less than the national average which now sits at $2.72 per gallon, according to AAA.

AAA Texas projects 3.1 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more away from home from Thursday through Monday, and 2.7 million of them will go by car or truck.  The overall travel volume is expected to be nearly five percent higher than last year and the highest travel volume for this holiday in a decade.

“Texans are paying about $35 to fill up a typical 14-gallon size fuel tank, which is $13 less per tank than last year at this time,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  “Nationwide, AAA expects to rescue nearly 350,000 drivers at the roadside over Memorial Day weekend, so we remind people to inspect their vehicles before they head out including a check of battery and tire condition.  Members who do experience a breakdown can simply call 1-800-AAA HELP to request roadside assistance.”

In the Lubbock area, gas prices can be found between $2.24 and $2.39 per gallon of regular unleaded fuel. For more information on Lubbock area fuel, click here.

More information of AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch can be found here.