Gas Prices Continue Climbing to New Highs For 2010

(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16, 2010) – Southern California gas prices continued climbing to new 2010 high points for the past week, but slowed down as averages neared $3.30 a gallon, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.26 per gallon, which is 2.3 cents more than last week, 11 cents higher than last month, and 33 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.271, 2.1 cents more than last week, 11 cents above last month, and 36 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.309, up 3.4 cents from last week, 11 cents higher than a month ago, and 33 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.238, which is 2.6 cents higher than last week, 11 cents higher than last month, and 33 cents more than last year.
“Prices have been going up around the country and AAA is projecting a 3.1 percent increase in Christmas-New Year holiday travel for the U.S., so millions of car travelers will be affected,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “The Auto Club advises consumers to use their most fuel-efficient vehicle for their travel if possible, combine holiday errands, properly inflate their tires and keep their car maintained to maximize fuel economy.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 12 p.m. on Dec. 16 averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     +2.3 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     +2.9 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     +2.1 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     +3.4 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     +2.6 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
      +0.5 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      +2.3 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)