Auto Club: International Turmoil Pushes Gas Prices Higher

Monthly Fuel Prices Report

(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:

County Unl Pre
Imperial County
EL CENTRO 1.672 1.889
Inyo County
BISHOP 1.706 1.887
Kern County
BAKERSFIELD 1.473 1.664
RIDGECREST 1.552 1.749
Los Angeles County
ALHAMBRA 1.561 1.701
ARCADIA 1.623 1.899
BURBANK 1.593 1.832
CULVER CITY 1.689 1.867
GLENDALE 1.590 1.796
GLENDORA 1.619 1.819
INGLEWOOD 1.583 1.769
LANCASTER 1.559 1.659
LONG BEACH 1.633 1.813
LOS ANGELES 1.625 1.828
MANHATTAN BEACH 1.627 1.739
MONTEBELLO 1.606 1.729
SANTA CLARITA 1.632 1.799
SANTA MONICA 1.652 1.799
VAN NUYS 1.558 1.687
WHITTIER 1.607 1.789
WOODLAND HILLS 1.598 1.889
Orange County
ANAHEIM 1.556 1.797
FULLERTON 1.600 1.777
HUNTINGTON BEACH 1.603 1.779
LA HABRA 1.570 1.719
LAGUNA BEACH 1.679 1.782
NEWPORT BEACH 1.682 1.886
SAN CLEMENTE 1.675 1.779
Riverside County
BLYTHE 1.819 1.959
HEMET 1.534 1.849
PALM SPRINGS 1.674 1.889
RIVERSIDE 1.559 1.694
San Bernardino County
REDLANDS 1.554 1.769
SAN BERNARDINO 1.580 1.807
VICTORVILLE 1.523 1.719
San Diego County
CHULA VISTA 1.670 1.919
DEL MAR 1.666 1.859
ESCONDIDO 1.614 1.779
OCEANSIDE 1.670 1.939
SAN DIEGO 1.659 1.875
San Luis Obispo County
SAN LUIS OBISPO 1.547 1.779
Santa Barbara County
LOMPOC 1.617 1.859
SANTA BARBARA 1.697 1.799
SANTA MARIA 1.627 1.867
Tulare County
PORTERVILLE 1.513 1.654
VISALIA 1.503 1.639
Ventura County
VENTURA 1.588 1.759
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.

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