The 2.8 million Texans who hit the road for the holiday are paying the
highest prices ever for a gallon of gas during the Thanksgiving holiday period,
according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.
The statewide average posted a weekly decrease of one cent to $2.96 a gallon on
Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, a big travel day for many. The
nationwide average fell two cents to $3.09 a gallon.
In Dallas, drivers are paying an average of $2.95, down about 1 cent from the
"Despite the slight decreases in gas prices this week, motorists are shelling
out about 85 cents more for a gallon of gas this Thanksgiving holiday than in
2006," said AAA Texas spokeswoman Rose Rougeau.
But the Lone Star State still has it better than most places around the country.
"Texas is one of only 10 states with an average under $3 a gallon," Rougeau
Houston has the lowest average at $2.90 a gallon, basically no change since last
week. Amarillo dropped seven cents but still has the highest state average at
$3.05 a gallon. Austin is averaging $2.99 a gallon, a slight dip from $3 a
gallon last week, and San Antonio motorists are shelling out $2.95, also down a
cent from last week.