(LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14) — The January monthly average price of gasoline in Southern California rose 5.2 cents compared to last month, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's monthly Fuel Gauge Report.
The Southern California average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $1.611, up from the December 2002 average of $1.559. The November 2002 average was $1.618. The state average rose to $1.641, up 5.5 cents since Dec. 10. San Francisco Bay-area motorists now pay an average of $1.720, up five cents from last month. The lowest average price in the state can be found in Bakersfield and Chico, where drivers can pump regular self-serve unleaded gasoline for $1.470.
Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline rose nearly 10 cents to $1.468. Georgia has the lowest state average at $1.346, about 13 cents higher than last month.
"Even though Saudi Arabia has committed to increasing production, international uncertainties, including the prolonged strike in Venezuela, have helped to push prices higher on the speculation that there might be tight supplies in the spring," said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp.
In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
|Los Angeles County|
|San Bernardino County|
|San Diego County|
|San Luis Obispo County|
|SAN LUIS OBISPO||1.547||1.779|
|Santa Barbara County|
|So. Calif. Avg.||1.611||1.799|
The Auto Club?s Fuel Gauge Report is based on data gathered from monitoring fuel transactions at 2,800 Southern California gas stations. Oil Price Information Service — the nation?s most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information, provides the data.
The Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest affiliate of the AAA, has been serving members since 1900. Today, the Auto Club?s members benefit by roadside assistance, insurance products and services, travel agency, financial products, automotive pricing, buying and financing programs, automotive testing and analysis, trip planning services, highway and transportation safety programs. Information about these products and services is available on the Auto Club?s Web site at www.aaa-calif.com.