Auto Club: Gas Prices Plunge 40 Cents In One Month

(LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14, 2008) — Southland gas prices plummeted by more than a penny a day over the past month, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. Despite the sizable drop in recent months, however, prices are at about the same level in most areas as the 2007 record high prices.

The Southern California October average price for regular self-serve gasoline fell nearly 40 cents to $3.449 from the September average of $3.841, and is now $1.33 below the all-time monthly record high of $4.585 set in July. In October 2007, the monthly Fuel Gauge Report average for Southern California was $3.067 – 38 cents below the current monthly average.

The statewide average price of $3.457 is nearly 40 cents lower than the September average of $3.852. The state’s lowest average price is in Tracy, where regular sells for $3.342, and La Habra prices are just a hair higher at $3.346. Tahoe City has the highest price in the state at $3.886.

Nationally, the average price of $3.163 has plunged by nearly 69 cents from the September average of $3.852. Alaska has the highest state average price – and the only average price still above $4 – at $4.071, and Oklahoma has the lowest state average price, at $2.708.

“Gas prices have spent most of 2008 at much higher levels than the highest prices we saw in 2007, and most areas have just recently dropped below those 2007 record levels,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “We still have a way to go before we see prices in Southern California dip below $3 a gallon, but it’s very possible that individual stations could post prices below $3 in the next few weeks if current trends continue.”

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

County/City

Reg 10/14

Reg 9/9

Pre 10/14

Pre 9/9

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

3.492

3.928

3.694

4.121

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

3.630

4.161

3.149

4.376

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

3.430

3.917

3.540

4.076

Ridgecrest

3.648

4.170

3.644

4.392

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

3.357

3.808

3.442

3.985

Arcadia

3.444

3.818

3.729

4.119

Burbank

3.423

3.810

3.619

4.003

Culver City

3.445

3.835

3.739

4.022

Glendale

3.497

3.846

3.712

4.036

Glendora

3.395

3.768

3.598

3.981

Inglewood

3.375

3.778

3.625

3.956

Lancaster

3.429

3.801

3.593

3.968

Long Beach

3.395

3.776

3.625

3.990

Los Angeles

3.454

3.827

3.662

4.022

Manhattan Beach

3.480

3.855

3.692

4.083

Montebello

3.394

3.781

3.189

3.949

Santa Clarita

3.429

3.797

3.619

3.995

Santa Monica

3.522

3.844

3.768

4.073

Van Nuys

3.388

3.763

3.617

3.967

Whittier

3.366

3.757

3.470

3.949

Woodland Hills

3.417

3.793

3.616

4.039

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

3.353

3.746

3.584

3.980

Fullerton

3.369

3.727

3.586

3.954

Huntington Beach

3.379

3.737

3.571

3.928

La Habra

3.346

3.699

3.536

3.879

Laguna Beach

3.560

3.899

3.639

4.159

Newport Beach

3.460

3.853

3.726

4.065

San Clemente

3.510

3.861

3.749

4.081

Tustin

3.435

3.803

3.643

4.013

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

3.758

4.147

3.989

4.362

Hemet

3.377

3.773

3.567

3.993

Palm Springs

3.413

3.816

3.641

4.049

Riverside

3.380

3.746

3.580

3.942

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

3.369

3.759

3.602

4.032

San Bernardino

3.400

3.762

3.580

3.988

Victorville

3.438

3.735

3.621

3.948

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

3.301

3.729

3.496

3.915

Del Mar

3.575

3.915

3.506

4.179

Escondido

3.372

3.764

3.610

3.988

Oceanside

3.434

3.785

3.638

4.006

San Diego

3.405

3.806

3.586

4.015

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

3.453

3.905

3.669

4.082

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

3.485

3.932

3.672

4.159

Santa Barbara

3.528

3.946

3.766

4.093

Santa Maria

3.474

3.904

3.686

4.119

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

3.655

4.018

3.856

4.233

Visalia

3.529

3.983

3.684

4.231

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

3.401

3.793

3.608

4.032

 

 

 

 

 

So. Calif. Avg.

3.449

3.841

3.619

4.053