2018 Starts With Gas Price Increases

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Gas prices continued upward for the second straight week in most areas as oil prices reached a two-year high point, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $3.11 a gallon for regular unleaded, two cents higher than last Thursday.
 
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.16 per gallon, which is three cents more than last Thursday, four cents lower than last month, and 32 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.14, which is four cents higher than a week ago, three cents less than last month, and 32 cents more than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.16, which is one cent higher than last Thursday, five cents lower than last month, and 31 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.10, which is four cents higher than last week, four cents less than last month, and 34 cents more than at this time last year.

“We closed out 2017 with a statewide annual average price of $3.01 – the second-lowest annual California average price in the last five years and the third-lowest in the last decade,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. ”There’s a good chance that drivers will spend more to fill up in 2018 than in the last couple of years, just based on the additional 12-cent state sales tax that was imposed on gasoline Nov. 1.”

California Annual Average Price

2008

$3.53

 

2009

$2.68

 

2010

$3.10

 

2011

$3.82

 

2012

$4.03

 

2013

$3.88

 

2014

$3.75

 

2015

$3.16

 

2016

$2.72

 

2017

$3.01

 

 

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Jan. 4, averages are:

 

Area

Regular

1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach

$3.16

 +3 cents

 $4.70 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$3.13

 +4 cents

 $4.69 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$3.14

 +4 cents

 $4.72 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc

$3.16

 +1 cent

 $4.70 (6/21/08)

 

Riverside

$3.10

 +4 cents

$4.68 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino

$3.13

 +4 cents

 $4.68 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$3.11

 +2 cents

 $4.68 (10/7/12)

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$3.11

 No change

 $4.64 (10/9/12)

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