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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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Courtesy of Triple A Auto Club of Southern California

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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Excessive Heat Warnings for SoCal Sunday through Wednesday

Hot conditions will bring elevated risk of heat related illnesses over portions of Southern California, especially the valleys & inland areas

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Graphic via the National Weather Service

OXNARD – The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Warnings for Southern California beginning Sunday and extending through Wednesday.

Today, Sunday, temperatures are forecast to reach 100 degrees in the valleys and inland desert areas. In Riverside County, a heat warning for the Coachella Valley region took effect at 11 a.m.

For the greater Los Angeles region, the heat warning takes effect Monday morning with high temperatures expected to surpass 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and inland areas of Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties.

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Hot conditions will bring elevated risk of heat related illnesses over portions of southwest California, especially the coastal plain and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Take care to stay hydrated if working or recreating outdoors, take breaks in the shade, check up on the elderly or ill, and those without AC. Consider limiting strenuous activities outdoors during this time and remember to never leave kids or pets unattended in a car. Look before you lock!

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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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Photo Credit: Auto Club of Southern California

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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