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Triple A: Gas Prices reach new record highs over $6 a gallon in SoCal

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.21, which is 14 cents higher than last week

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LOS ANGELES – High demand for travel as we head into the summer and continued concerns about global and local supply of gasoline will continue to put upward pressure on pump prices, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.21, which is 14 cents higher than last week. The average national price is $4.72, which is 12 cents higher than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $6.22 per gallon, which is 13 cents higher than last week, 40 cents higher than last month, and $1.90 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $6.14, which is 12 cents higher than last week, 36 cents higher than last month, and $1.95 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $6.13, which is 10 cents higher than last week and 34 cents from than last month and is $1.93 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $6.08, which is 10 cents higher than last week, 33 cents higher than last month and increased $1.94 from a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $6.14 average price is 12 cents more than last Thursday, 34 cents higher than last month and $2.06 higher than a year ago today.

“Memorial Day travel volume added to the demand for gasoline last weekend which had a direct impact in gas prices here in Southern California and the rest of the country,” said Auto Club spokesman Doug Shupe. It is hard to know what will happen with prices, but the upward pressure will likely last in the coming weeks and months as people take summer road trips.”

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 June 2nd, averages are:

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Southern California

Triple A: SoCal gas prices race up by double digits in one week

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.52, which is eight cents higher than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Reports of additional Southern California refinery issues, along with continued low inventories, have created the biggest one-week price jump at the pump since early June, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. 

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.52, which is eight cents higher than last week. The average national price is $3.68, which is two cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.59 per gallon, which is 17 cents higher than last week, 25 cents higher than last month, and $1.19 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.53, which is 15 cents higher than last week, 24 cents higher than last month, and $1.18 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.53, which is eight cents higher than last week, seven cents higher than last month and $1.18 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.44, which is 14 cents higher than last week, 23 cents higher than last month and $1.12 higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.46 average price is eight cents higher than last Thursday, three cents higher than last month and $1.10 higher than a year ago today.

“Oil Price Information Service reports that several local refineries are undergoing unplanned maintenance as fuel inventories are at their lowest levels in a decade, which caused Los Angeles wholesale gas prices to rise sharply this week,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. 

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 22, averages are:

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Triple A: Gas prices up as refinery maintenance reduces inventory

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.44, which is 13 cents higher than last week

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LOS ANGELES – For the second straight week, Southern California gas prices have moved up sharply in many areas even as gas prices nationally have continued declining, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.44, which is 13 cents higher than last week. 

The average national price is $3.70, which is five cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.42 per gallon, which is eight cents higher than last week, three cents higher than last month, and $1.02 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.38, which is eight cents higher than last week, three cents higher than last month, and $1.03 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.45, which is four cents higher than last week, seven cents lower than last month and $1.09 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.30, which is nine cents higher than last week, four cents higher than last month and 99 cents higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.38 average price is eight cents higher than last Thursday, 15 cents lower than last month and $1.03 higher than a year ago today.

“The US Energy Information Administration reported yesterday that gasoline inventories in Western states have declined for eight straight weeks and are now at the lowest level in a decade,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Because of this year’s exceptionally high prices due to the war in Ukraine and inflation, local refineries reportedly delayed maintenance and this week, six of them were undergoing planned or unplanned repairs.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 15, averages are:

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Triple A:  Gas prices reverse course due to refinery issues

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.31, which is six cents higher than last week

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Oil refinery near the city of Odessa, Ukraine (Photo Credit: Одеська обласна рада - The Odesa Oblast Council)

LOS ANGELES – After nearly three months of declines, Southern California gas prices ticked up sharply in many areas over the past week even as prices nationwide have continued dropping, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.31, which is six cents higher than last week. The average national price is $3.75, which is eight cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.34 per gallon, which is nine cents higher than last week, 14 cents lower than last month, and 94 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.30, which is eight cents higher than last week, 13 cents lower than last month, and 95 cents higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.41, which is one cent higher than last week, 18 cents lower than last month and $1.05 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.21, which is seven cents higher than last week, 15 cents lower than last month and 89 cents higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.30 average price is four cents lower than last Thursday, 37 cents lower than last month and 94 cents higher than a year ago today.

“This week’s record-high temperatures greatly increased the probability of refinery power blackouts in the state, which can take refineries offline for days or even weeks after the outages,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Although no outages have been reported so far, sellers with extra supplies of gasoline have raised their prices and imported gasoline on cargo ships is not being delivered right now in anticipation of future need, which drove up Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices sharply in the last week. In addition, there are some regional refinery issues that have reduced gasoline production and inventories.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 8, averages are:

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