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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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Triple A: Gas price averages drop below $5 & may move lower

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.90, which is 21 cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Most areas of Southern California now have average gas prices of less than $5 a gallon after additional hefty price declines in the last week, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.90, which is 21 cents lower than last week. The average national price is $3.47, which is 12 cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.97 per gallon, which is 21 cents lower than last week, 63 cents lower than last month, and 26 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.94, which is 21 cents lower than last week, 63 cents lower than last month, and 28 cents higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.95, which is 20 cents lower than last week, 62 cents lower than last month, and 31 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.84, which is 20 cents lower than last week, 60 cents lower than last month, and 21 cents higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.28 average price is 11 cents lower than last week, 50 cents lower than last month, and 63 cents higher than a year ago today.

“Despite a record number of Southern California travelers hitting the road for Thanksgiving, average pump prices have dropped below $5 a gallon for the first time since early March,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Oil Price Information Service reports a substantial drop in demand statewide and high unleaded gas inventories. This week Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices reached their lowest level of 2022, and if that trend holds, we should see additional pump price reductions. The least expensive gas station prices today are about $4.10 a gallon, so it’s possible we will see stations charging less than $4 a gallon soon.”

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 Dec. 1, 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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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.

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“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 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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Triple A: Gas prices drop to within 50 cents of pre-spike levels

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.64, which is 24 cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Southern California gas prices continue to drop significantly with plenty of room to plunge further after the huge price spike that ended earlier this month, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.64, which is 24 cents lower than last week. The average national price is $3.76, 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 $5.71 per gallon, which is 22 cents lower than last week, 25 cents lower than last month, and $1.14 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.67, which is 20 cents lower than last week, 23 cents lower than last month, and $1.15 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.68, which is 20 cents lower than last week, 23 cents lower than last month, and $1.17 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.53, which is 26 cents lower than last week, 27 cents lower than last month, and $1.05 higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.84 average price is 20 cents lower than last Thursday, 13 cents higher than last month, and $1.35 higher than a year ago today.

“This morning’s Los Angeles wholesale gasoline price is $1.86 below its all-time record on Sept. 27 and $1.40 below its Oct. 4 price, just before California announced it would allow early sales of winter blend gasoline and helped to end the supply crisis that caused record Southern California pump prices in September and October,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Gas station price averages have dropped by 75 to 90 cents from their record levels in most areas so far, so there should still be room for additional substantial price drops as long as wholesale prices don’t significantly increase.”

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 Oct. 27, averages are:

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Triple A: Gas prices plummet below $6, biggest one-week decline

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.88, which is 32 cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Southern California gas prices declined at their fastest pace ever recorded in the last week, plunging by 30 cents or more on average in most areas, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.88, which is 32 cents lower than last week. The average national price is $3.84, 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 $5.93 per gallon, which is 33 cents lower than last week, 47 cents higher than last month, and $1.40 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.87, which is 33 cents lower than last week, 45 cents higher than last month, and $1.40 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.88, which is 30 cents lower than last week, 42 cents higher than last month, and $1.41 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.79, which is 35 cents lower than last week, 46 cents higher than last month, and $1.36 higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $6.04 average price is 20 cents lower than last Thursday, 62 cents higher than last month, and $1.60 higher than a year ago today.

“Despite the large price declines of the past two weeks, average prices still need to drop by about 60 cents to completely erase the local gas price spike of September and early October,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Los Angeles wholesale gas prices did increase this week, possibly on reports of two refineries having short-term maintenance issues, but at this point wholesale prices remain low enough that the September-October pump price spike can be erased. The cheapest Southern California gas stations are now charging less than $5 a gallon.”

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 Oct. 20, averages are:

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Triple A: Please slow down around tow trucks & CHP on roadsides

Auto Club, CHP & a mom who lost her tow truck operator son asking drivers to slow and move over near disabled motorists & emergency vehicles

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Antelope Valley Towing wheel-lift wrecker with CHP cruiser on Calif. S.R. 14 Antelope Valley Freeway in Palmdale

LOS ANGELES – Southern California’s highways are going to get much busier as the holidays approach and more Californians hit the roads. The Auto Club, CHP and a mother who lost her tow truck operator son are asking drivers to slow down or move over when approaching disabled motorists and emergency vehicles on the roadside shoulders.

An average of 24 emergency responders, including tow operators, are struck and killed by vehicles while working at the roadside each year – meaning someone in this line of work is killed, on average, every other week in America.

“Deaths like these can be avoided if drivers slow down and move over when approaching emergency vehicles with lights flashing,” said Auto Club Communications Manager Doug Shupe. “At 65 miles per hour, your vehicle travels over 95 feet in one second and that one second could change everything. Please give roadside rescuers the space they need to safely help stranded drivers.”

Recent data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds not everyone understands the Slow Down Move Over law that requires drivers to give roadside rescuers space or slow way down if they can’t move over.

AAA Foundation survey results show:

  • Among drivers who report not complying with Slow Down Move Over laws at all times, 42% thought the behavior was somewhat or not dangerous at all to roadside emergency workers. This shows drivers may not realize how risky it is for people who are working or stranded along freeways and roads close to moving traffic.
  • Nearly a quarter of those surveyed (23%) are unaware of the Slow Down Move Over law in their state. All states have such laws.
  • And, among those who are aware of their state’s Slow Down Move Over law, about 15% report not understanding the potential consequences for violating the Slow Down Move Over law. In California, failure to obey the Slow Down Move Over Law can result in a point on your driving record, and fines of at least $238 but up to $1,000. Even worse penalties are added if the violation results in a crash.

Additionally, a survey conducted by AAA clubs in Southern California and several other states across the country found:

  • More than half of drivers associate Slow Down Move Over laws with traditional emergency vehicles, specifically those with their red or blue lights on. But when construction zones and vehicles/motorists stranded on the shoulder are mentioned, many believe moving over is just a courtesy, not the law.
  • While more than 90% believe Slow Down Move Over laws require them to slow down and move over when encountering a fire truck, police car, or ambulance with its lights on, a much smaller percentage (65%) believe this is required when encountering a tow truck with its lights on.

Rosita Manu lost her 27-year-old son, Faapuna Mac Manu, nicknamed “Little Mac,” on December 19, 2012. Her son was a tow truck operator who was helping a stranded driver with a flat tire on the 405 freeway in Long Beach, when an impaired driver failed to move over from the lane closest to Manu’s tow truck and the stranded vehicle, and slammed into them. Manu was killed in the crash and left behind three young children.

“My son was a people person and was the type of person who would give his shirt off his back,” said Rosita Manu. “Little Mac wanted to help people and accommodate them as best as he could at the roadside.”

It’s not just tow providers and other first responders being killed at the roadside. Between 2016 and 2020, 1,703 people died while outside of a disabled vehicle, and 271 of those fatalities happened in California.

“People need to be more mindful of one another,” said Manu. “How many more people have to die before people are going to get it?”

About Slow Down, Move Over

Since 2007, AAA has been instrumental in passing Slow Down Move Over laws in all states, including advocating for those laws to cover tow operators and other emergency responders. Additionally, AAA clubs have participated in educational and advocacy initiatives by creating public service announcements and reaching out to state officials. But there is more work to be done. AAA is committed to raising awareness of Slow Down Move Over laws and the dangers associated with working at the roadside.

These laws require motorists to move over one lane, if it is safe to do so, or slow down when approaching an incident where tow providers, police, firefighters or emergency medical service crews are stopped and working at the roadside. In California, the law has been expanded to cover municipal vehicles and the law in the Golden State applies to surface streets as well as freeways.

To protect roadside workers, drivers with disabled vehicles, and others, the Auto Club offers these tips:

  • Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated.
  • Stay alert, avoid distractions and focus on the task of driving.
  • Slow down when approaching emergency vehicles with flashing lights stopped on the side of a two-lane roadway, unless otherwise directed by an emergency worker.
  • On multi-lane roadways, slow down when you see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle at the roadside and, if possible, move over into an adjacent lane. If you are unable to switch lanes, slow down to a speed that is safe and reasonable.
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Thunderstorms, heavy rain & potential flash flooding this weekend

Aside from the rain, expect morning low clouds and fog from the coast and into the valley, the Weather Service also indicated

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OXNARD – The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for showers and thunderstorms to be expected Friday night and Saturday as a stormfront moves through the Southland.

Impacts of the incoming storm include brief heavy downpours with minor flooding possible, dangerous lightning and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Showers are possible in most areas of the Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including the coast and in the valleys. Rain could also impact travel on desert roads.

“A flash flood watch cannot be ruled out entirely across eastern Los Angeles County on Saturday and Saturday night as some storms will likely contain brief heavy rainfall,” the Weather Service said.

Rain rates of up to .50 inches per hour are possible.

Aside from the rain, expect morning low clouds and fog from the coast and into the valley, the Weather Service also indicated.

Officials advise residents who live near recent burn scars to review their debris flow plans.

 

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