Gas Prices

It probably comes as no surprise, but gas prices are up again in Houston and across Texas compared to a week ago.

Jeffrey Spring is with AAA, which tracks gas prices nationwide.

"The prices in Houston, the average for regular right now is about $3.29 and it's up about 6.5 cents from last week. In Houston, you're near the high end. Texarkana and Dallas have it just a couple of pennies higher than Houston, but that's about. The lowest is in Corpus Christi at about $3.19."

A year ago, gas was selling for about $2.70 a gallon in Houston. Nationwide, the price of gas averages $3.36 this week. Spring says prices are expected to go even higher, which could change summer driving plans.

"Our sense is in the last five or six years we've seen a number of hyperbolic price increases in the spring and it really hasn't put people off of traveling, but it may have changed how they travel though, taking shorter trips, staying at less expensive hotels, that sort of thing. We get the sense that people still need that break from work or from school but they may just change how and when they travel."

Spring says it's still not clear how high is too high for some motorists who haven't let gas prices affect their driving habits.

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...