Auto Club: Ouch! Monthly Average Gas Price Climbs 21 Cents

(LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2005) — Southern California's average price for regular gasoline rose 21 cents during the past month, and is three cents below the highest recorded monthly average, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. Prices are about 14 cents higher than March 2004.

The Southern California March average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $2.344, which compares to a Feb. average of $2.130. The highest monthly average for Southern California was set in Nov. 2004 at $2.374 per gallon. Statewide, the average price for March is $2.312 up from $2.092 in February.

"Gasoline prices increases really built up a head of steam in the past four weeks," said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "With oil trading at $55 per barrel lately, there doesn't seem to be much relief in sight for motorists. The Auto Club suggests that drivers modify their driving habits, combine errands and be sure their vehicle is in good running condition to conserve gasoline."

The lowest average price in California is in Tracy, where regular is selling for $2.16. Santa Barbara reported the state's highest average price at $2.450. Nationally, the average price is $2.048, up from $1.890 in February.

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:

County/CityUnl. 3-15Unl. 2-15 Pre. 3-15Pre. 2-15
Imperial County     

El Centro

2.3542.169 2.5392.363
      
Inyo County     

Bishop

2.3842.199 2.5182.342
     
Kern County     

Bakersfield

2.3052.079 2.4992.265

Ridgecrest

2.3292.089 2.5852.345
      
Los Angeles County      

Alhambra

2.2872.066 2.2872.394

Arcadia

2.3372.151 2.5592.299

Burbank

2.3382.112 2.6942.264

Culver City

2.3992.139 2.7942.534

Glendale

2.3322.128 2.5192.292

Glendora

2.3092.099 2.5192.309

Inglewood

2.3222.102 2.4922.349

Lancaster

2.3212.083 2.5392.286

Long Beach

2.3242.101 2.5292.353

Los Angeles

2.3602.142 2.5542.352

Manhattan Beach

2.3392.130 2.5092.219

Montebello

2.3342.124 2.5392.399

Santa Clarita

2.3392.149 2.5152.325

Santa Monica

2.3902.190 2.7492.454

Van Nuys

2.2442.078 2.4322.226

Whittier

2.3192.094 2.5542.329

Woodland Hills

2.3382.122 2.5192.339
      

Orange County

     

Anaheim

2.3002.082 2.4692.205

Fullerton

2.2772.059 2.4342.276

Huntington Beach

2.3252.094 2.4722.279

La Habra

2.2612.016 2.4392.199

Laguna Beach

2.3642.139 2.6642.439

Newport Beach

2.4032.179 2.6792.399

San Clemente

2.3592.143 2.5392.352

Tustin

2.3342.108 2.6002.374
      
Riverside County     

Blythe

2.4252.012 2.6932.278

Hemet

2.3462.127 2.5392.559

Palm Springs

2.4092.243 2.6852.519

Riverside

2.3332.101 2.5362.288
      
San Bernardino County     

Redlands

2.3022.067 2.5242.259

San Bernardino

2.3322.112 2.5692.324

Victorville

2.3762.151 2.5992.366
      
San Diego County     

Chula Vista

2.3082.148 2.5032.362

Del Mar

2.3622.115 2.5392.259

Escondido

2.2652.066 2.4702.332

Oceanside

2.3342.150 2.5452.372

San Diego

2.3532.152 2.5842.398
      
San Luis Obispo County     

San Luis Obispo

2.4152.210 2.6902.485
      
Santa Barbara County     

Lompoc

2.4412.281 2.6972.537

Santa Barbara

2.4502.288 2.5792.483

Santa Maria

2.4372.229 2.5992.439
      
Tulare County     

Porterville

2.3191.119 2.4582.258

Visalia

2.3012.126 2.5292.321
      
Ventura County     

Ventura

2.3682.161 2.5392.319
      
So. Calif. Avg.2.3442.130 2.5552.348

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.

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