New Mexico gas prices holding steady for Labor Day weekend

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Thousands of New Mexicans are hitting the road this Labor Day weekend, and experts say gas prices are holding steady – at least right now.

The national average is $3.82, and some parts of New Mexico are below that. Daniel Armbruster with AAA says prices are on par with this time last year.

The average today, in the state, is $3.77. It is down about 3 cents from where it was a week ago, but don’t be surprised if we see some price fluctuations over the next few days because it is likely going to be a very busy holiday weekend.

Among the four major metro areas in New Mexico, Farmington has the highest average in the state at around $3.96, while Albuquerque is the cheapest at around $3.79.

With crude oil prices elevated over the second half of the summer, the state has seen more expensive gas prices compared to where we were maybe in the spring or earlier in 2023.

But there are things you can do to save — Armbruster says it’s all about the driver’s behavior behind the wheel.

Avoiding quick acceleration, using cruise control when it is safe to do so, and just driving safely can really go a long way and add up in savings over time. Also, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, especially your tires. Drivers have to have healthy tires to maximize their fuel economy.

There are also apps people can download before they hit the road. The GasBuddy and AAA apps will both pull up the cheapest gas near you.