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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: Drivers can be thankful, gas prices plunge before holiday

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.16, which is 24 cents lower than last week

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Editors Note: The Weekend Gas Watch is being published one day early due to the holiday.

LOS ANGELES – A hefty gas price decline of more than 20 cents in the past week has now brought pump prices lower than at the start of the September-October price spike, but those driving to Thanksgiving holiday destinations will still be paying about 50 cents more per gallon than at this time last year, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.16, which is 24 cents lower than last week. The average national price is $3.61, which is 13 cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.21 per gallon, which is 25 cents lower than last week, 60 cents lower than last month, and 51 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.19, which is 26 cents lower than last week, 58 cents lower than last month, and 53 cents higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.20, which is 21 cents lower than last week, 59 cents lower than last month, and 55 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.09, which is 25 cents lower than last week, 56 cents lower than last month, and 46 cents higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.42 average price is 19 cents lower than last week, 54 cents lower than last month, and 77 cents higher than a year ago today.

“With an all-time record number of 3.9 million Southern California Thanksgiving travelers hitting the road this week, the large price declines are very helpful for holiday getaway budgets,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “The lowest-priced gas stations in Southern California are now charging less than $4.40 a gallon. Make sure to use a tool like the free AAA Mobile app during your travels to find the cheapest gas prices close to you.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers of the following tips to save money on gas:

  • If you use premium unleaded fuel, make sure it is required for your vehicle, not just recommended. The Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
  • 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 Nov. 23, averages are:

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Southern California

Triple A: Thanksgiving travel expected to become busiest on record

For the second year in a row SoCal travelers will be paying highest gas prices ever when they fill up for their holiday trips

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LOS ANGELES – The Automobile Club of Southern California projects 4.5 million Southern Californians will travel during the Thanksgiving holiday period this year – an all-time record for the holiday and a 2.5% increase from last year.

Nationwide, AAA is projecting this Thanksgiving to be the third busiest on record, with 54.6 million travelers expected compared to 58.6 million in 2005 and 56 million in 2019.

Thanksgiving Forecast charts SoCal

“Despite inflation and high gas prices, consumers are continuing to prioritize valuable and memorable time with family and friends through coming together at the holidays,” said Heather Felix, the Auto Club’s vice president for travel products and services. “Our members still want to make up for their delayed or missed opportunities to travel during the pandemic.”  

Top Destinations

Nationally, AAA expects Anaheim to be the second-most popular destination for Thanksgiving travelers, with Orlando the most popular. According to a survey of Auto Club travel advisers, the top five destinations for Southern Californians are:

1) Las Vegas

2) San Diego

3) Grand Canyon/Sedona

4) Yosemite

5) Mexico cruises

The top 5 destinations nationally are Orlando, Anaheim, Las Vegas, New York and Atlanta.

Gas Prices

For the second year in a row, Southern California travelers will be paying the highest gas prices ever for this time of year when they fill up for their holiday trips. With average gas prices near $5.50 a gallon in most local areas – about a dollar per gallon higher than last year – a typical 15-gallon tank fill-up could cost drivers $82. To find the cheapest gas prices closest to your location, use the AAA Mobile app, and visit gasprices.aaa.com to find the average gas prices at your destination or calculate the estimated gas cost for your Thanksgiving trip.

Travel Tips

  • If traveling by automobile, make sure your vehicle maintenance is up-to-date and your tires and battery are in good condition. The Auto Club expects to respond to nearly 48,000 calls for help in Southern California over the Thanksgiving weekend. Visit AAA.com/AAR to find a reputable AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility near you.
  • Air travelers should plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours early for domestic flights and three hours ahead of time for international departures. The Auto Club recommends reserving a parking space at the airport to make sure you have one, and taking advantage of tools such as early check-in and airline apps.

Busy Roads

According to the transportation analytics firm INRIX, Wednesday, Nov. 23 in the afternoon and evening will be the busiest time for Southland freeways. They project that the busiest local freeway segment for drivers will be Interstate 5 South from Colorado St. to Florence Ave, where traffic is expected to be 144% over normal levels on the afternoon and evening of Nov. 24. All outbound freeways are likely to be congested on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons before Thanksgiving, so drivers should expect longer travel times during those periods and plan to leave early.

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Triple A: Gas prices resume decline after reports of demand drop

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.37, which is nine cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Just in time for the start of Thanksgiving holiday getaways, Southern California gas prices began rapidly dropping again after reports of reduced demand and rebuilding of gasoline inventories, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.37, which is nine cents lower than last week. The average national price is $3.73, 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 $5.43 per gallon, which is ten cents lower than last week, 68 cents lower than last month, and 74 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.42, which is eight cents lower than last week, 64 cents lower than last month, and 78 cents higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.39, which is ten cents lower than last week, 66 cents lower than last month, and 75 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.31, which is seven cents lower than last week, 69 cents lower than last month, and 70 cents higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.59 average price is nine cents lower than last Thursday, 58 cents lower than last month, and 97 cents higher than a year ago today.

“Last week, Southern California gas prices stopped dropping on news of lower inventories, but that situation seems to have been resolved in combination with reports of lower fuel demand,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “The Auto Club is projecting an all-time record number of 4.5 million Southern California Thanksgiving travelers next week, with 3.9 million of them driving to their destinations, so demand will likely increase in the coming days.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers of the following tips to save money on gas:

  • If you use premium unleaded fuel, make sure it is required for your vehicle, not just recommended. The Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
  • 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 Nov. 17, averages are:

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Southern California

Triple A: Gas price declines slow down as Thanksgiving nears

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.46, which is three cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – The fall of local gas prices is slowing down after five straight weeks of them dropping to close to a dollar below their record levels, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.46, which is three cents lower than last week. The average national price is $3.80, which is two cents higher than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.53 per gallon, which is one cent lower than last week, 87 cents lower than last month, and 93 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.50, which is two cents lower than last week, 84 cents lower than last month, and 95 cents higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.49, which is five cents lower than last week, 79 cents lower than last month, and 96 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.38, which is three cents lower than last week, 91 cents lower than last month, and 86 cents higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.68 average price is six cents lower than last Thursday, 66 cents lower than last month, and $1.11 higher than a year ago today.

“We are two weeks away from Thanksgiving, one of the busiest holidays for road trips, and also Southern California refineries are now emphasizing production of diesel over gasoline because of diesel shortages, so price declines may pause,,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Make sure to shop around virtually for the lowest prices using a tool such as the free AAA Mobile app to avoid overpaying for gas.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers of the following tips to save money on gas:

  • If you use premium unleaded fuel, make sure it is required for your vehicle, not just recommended. The Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
  • 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 Nov. 10, averages are:

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Election day looks to be soggy & snowy in SoCal as storm moves in

There is a chance of thunderstorms, especially Election Day Tuesday, which could bring possible flooding & also snow in the mountains

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OXNARD – The National Weather Service is telling Southern Californians to prepare for the next three days of precipitation with showers arriving Monday and continuing until Wednesday morning.

There is a chance of thunderstorms, especially Election Day Tuesday, which could bring possible flooding. The weather service said the storm is expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain to the coast and valley areas, with the heaviest showers arriving Tuesday.

Mountain locations are expected to see from 2 to 5 inches of rain through Wednesday.

Snow is expected to remain around 7,000 feet Monday night, but may drop to 4,000 feet Tuesday night. Forecasters are calling for 6 inches to a foot of snow above the 6,000 foot mark with up to 20 inches possible in some areas. Between 2 and 6 inches of snow is expected above the 4,500 foot level. Drivers were reminded to carry chains when traveling in the mountains.

KTLA Accuweather forecast warns a flood watch is in place from Monday night through Tuesday night for portions of the Los Angeles County mountains, Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and San Gabriel Valley, including the cities of Lancaster, Castaic Lake, Palmdale, Pomona, Valencia, Santa Clarita, El Monte, Acton, East Los Angeles, San Gabriel, Pasadena, Newhall and Mount Wilson, according to the weather service.

flash flood watch was issued for the Bond and Silverado burn scar areas Monday night through Tuesday evening.

The flash flood watch includes the Santa Ana mountains and foothills, and some Orange County inland areas.

As voters head to the polls in the rainy weather, Christy Smith a congressional candidate in the high desert region of Eastern Los Angeles County on Monday tweeted:

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Triple A: Gas prices continue dropping by double digits

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.49, which is 15 cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Local gas prices are now close to a dollar below their all-time record levels of a month ago in many areas after four straight weeks of hefty price declines following the September-October price spike, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.49, which is 15 cents lower than last week. The average national price is $3.78, which is two cents higher than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.54 per gallon, which is 17 cents lower than last week, 93 cents lower than last month, and 96 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.52, which is 15 cents lower than last week, 88 cents lower than last month, and 98 cents higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.54, which is 14 cents lower than last week, 81 cents lower than last month, and $1.02 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.41, which is 12 cents lower than last week, 92 cents lower than last month, and 91 cents higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.74 average price is 10 cents lower than last Thursday, 52 cents lower than last month, and $1.21 higher than a year ago today.

“Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices are higher than they were two weeks ago, but still are about $1.80 below their all-time record level reached in late August, indicating that there is still a lot of room for declines in pump prices,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Almost every part of the metropolitan Los Angeles and San Diego areas should have at least a couple of gas stations charging less than $5 a gallon. Make sure to shop around virtually for the lowest prices using a tool such as the free AAA Mobile app to avoid overpaying for gas.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers of the following tips to save money on gas:

  • If you use premium unleaded fuel, make sure it is required for your vehicle, not just recommended. The Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
  • 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 Nov. 3, averages are:

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