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Triple A: National gas price average races to new records

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.85, which is nine cents higher than last week

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LOS ANGELES – While gas prices throughout the U.S. continued skyrocketing at levels not seen since the start of the Ukraine war due to continued uncertainties about world gasoline supply, Southern California pump prices rose more moderately in response to one major supplier being offline for maintenance, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.85, which is nine cents higher than last week. The average national price is $4.37, which is 17 cents higher than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.90 per gallon, which is six cents higher than last week, five cents higher than last month, and $1.74 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.86, which is five cents higher than last week, five cents higher than last month, and $1.72 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.86, which is two cents higher than last week, one cent higher than last month and $1.73 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.81, which is four cents higher than last week, four cents higher than last month and $1.74 higher than last year. In Bakersfield, the $5.84 average price is five cents more than last Thursday, two cents higher than last month and $1.84 higher than a year ago today.

Local Refinery Maintenance Pushes Up SoCal Prices

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“The Phillips 66 Wilmington refinery has been undergoing planned maintenance for nearly a month, keeping upward pressure on local prices, according to Oil Price Information Service,” said Auto Club spokesman Doug Shupe. “Another phenomenon that has occurred during this latest price runup is that premium gasoline has become even more expensive compared to regular grade gasoline. The Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center has found that if your vehicle’s manual just recommends premium fuel and does not require it, the vehicle will operate safely and efficiently with the much less expensive regular gas.”

The Auto Club recommends the following tips to save money on gas:

  • Look into carpooling if you commute a significant distance. Carpooling with one other person cuts commute costs in half, and you can cut your commute costs by two-thirds by carpooling with two other people.
  • Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
  • Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. Fuel economy peaks around 50 mph on most cars, then drops off as speed increases. Reducing freeway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy by as much as 14%.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because you could lose control of the vehicle.
  • Minimize your use of air conditioning.
  • Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Remove  unnecessary and heavy items from your car.
  • Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use.
  • Download the AAA App to find the cheapest gas prices near you.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on May 12, averages are:

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Triple A: Gas Prices Drop on Increased Production, Economic Worries

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.38, which is six cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Gas prices dropped as local refineries reported their second-highest California-blend gasoline production levels of 2022 and economic concerns pushed down oil prices, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.38, which is six cents lower than last week.

The average national price is $4.94, which is seven cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $6.40 per gallon, which is six cents lower than last week, 30 cents higher than last month, and $2.14 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $6.32, which is five cents lower than last week, 30 cents higher than last month, and $2.09 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $6.32, which is three cents lower than last week, 29 cents higher than last month and is $2.10 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $6.29, which is four cents lower than last week, 30 cents higher than last month and $2.11 higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $6.36 average price is the same as last Thursday, 36 cents higher than last month and $2.22 higher than a year ago today.

“The state’s refineries produced more California-blend gasoline last week than in any other week since January of this year, according to the California Energy Commission,” said Auto Club spokesman Doug Shupe. “At the same time, Oil Price Information Service says concerns about the U.S. economy are pushing down oil and wholesale gasoline prices.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers they can save money on gasoline by shopping around virtually using a tool like the AAA Mobile app, which shows users the cheapest gas prices near them. AAA members can also take advantage of discounted gas prices at participating Shell gas stations by joining the Shell Fuel Rewards® program.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 23, averages are:

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Triple A: July 4 Holiday travel will be third busiest on record for SoCal

Nearly 3.3 million Southern Californians will travel over July Fourth weekend, which is the third highest volume for this holiday locally

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LOS ANGELES – The Automobile Club of Southern California expects another increase in travel volume for the Independence Day holiday, continuing the trend of recovery over the past year despite continued record gas prices and increased costs.

Nearly 3.3 million Southern Californians will travel over July Fourth weekend, which is the third highest volume for this holiday locally behind 2019 and 2018. Nationally, 48 million people are expected to travel. The vast majority will travel by automobile even with the high pump prices.

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“We expect that the recent lifting of the COVID testing requirement for air passengers re-entering the U.S. will continue the increase in demand for international vacation bookings that we are already seeing this summer,” said Heather Felix, the Auto Club’s vice president of travel products & services. “Increased costs are a factor for budgets, but working with a trusted travel advisor and being flexible with schedules and destinations can help consumers get some great travel deals.”

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Gas Prices

Near-record gas prices continue frustrating drivers in Southern California and across the country. The Auto Club recommends travelers take the following steps to maximize fuel efficiency on summer road trips:

  • Make sure tires are properly inflated
  • Get rid of extra weight not needed for road trips
  • Drive the speed limit and use cruise control when safe to do so
  • Avoid using overhead luggage racks that create drag
  • Park in the shade or use window sun visor to lessen heat build up inside vehicle
  • Download Auto Club app to find cheapest gas prices near you

Check Vehicles Before Trips to Prevent Breakdowns

The Auto Club expects to rescue nearly 65,000 motorists in Southern California alone over the Independence Day holiday period, and more than 446,000 nationwide. To avoid a breakdown on a road trip, the Auto Club recommends drivers inspect tires, batteries, belts, hoses and fluid levels, or have them inspected at a trusted mechanic such as a AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility.

Traffic Volume Expected to Peak Thursday, Friday Before Holiday

The transportation analytics firm INRIX projects that the busiest Southern California freeways on the Thursday and Friday before the holiday will include Interstate 5, Interstate 10, Interstate 405, and CA-57. To maximize fuel economy, the Auto Club recommends travelers avoid driving on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons in Southern California. Early mornings are generally the best time to travel during holiday weekends.

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Triple A: SoCal gas prices back off slightly from records

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.43, which is three cents higher than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Gas prices reversed course very slightly in the last couple of days throughout Southern California after setting new daily price records all this month and signs are pointing to steeper declines ahead, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.43, which is three cents higher than last week and a penny below the all-time record of $6.44 set on Tuesday. The average national price is $5.01, which is four cents higher than a week ago and also a penny below the record price on Tuesday.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $6.45 per gallon, which is three cents higher than last week, 42 cents higher than last month, and $2.20 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $6.37, which is four cents higher than last week, 41 cents higher than last month, and $2.15 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $6.36, which is four cents higher than last week, 41 cents higher than last month and is $2.14 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $6.32, which is four cents higher than last week, 40 cents higher than last month and $2.15 higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $6.37 average price is five cents more than last Thursday, 46 cents higher than last month and $2.24 higher than a year ago today.

“A very volatile week for the U.S. economy and a slight downturn in consumer demand reported by the EIA, which is likely due to record high prices, have caused a plunge of nearly 60 cents on the Los Angeles wholesale gasoline market this past week,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Hopefully that decline will soon be reflected in price reductions at the pump.”

With almost all local gas stations charging more than $6 a gallon for regular unleaded, gas thefts have continued to victimize Southern California drivers and the resulting damage to gas tanks can cost $1,000 or more to fix. The Auto Club recommends the following tips to avoid becoming a gas theft victim:

  • Park in the garage at your home if you have one.
  • When out in public, park in a well-lit area with high traffic. If possible, park in a secure location like a fenced-in lot or parking garage.
  • When parking in a garage, find a spot near the exit or elevator as those have the most visibility and foot traffic

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 16, averages are:

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