Gas Prices Continue Downward

gas pump upper horizontal

Motorists most likely will see more gas stations setting prices less than $3 a gallon although overall retail prices inched downward last week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $3.233 a gallon for regular today, 8.3 cents less than last week. Motorists can check gas prices at or by downloading the AAA app.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.281 per gallon, which is 9.0 cents less than last week, 3.6 cents more than last month, and 77 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.263, which is 8.4 cents less than last week, six cents higher than last month, and 75 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.279, 8.5 cents less than last week, 7.5 cents higher than a month ago, and 79 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.248, down 10.5 cents from last week, 6.4 cents higher than last month, and 76 cents less than last year.

“Wholesale seemed to have gained some stability for the moment and oil prices are hovering around $50 per barrel, which continues to push retail prices down following the spike earlier in the month,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “AAA’s free app shows the lowest-priced gas station near to you right on the home screen.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on March 26, averages are: 





Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


   -9.0 cents

$4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-9.9 cents

$4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


   -8.4 cents

$4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


 -8.5 cents

$4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


 -10.5 cents

$4.688 (10/8/12)







 -9.1 cents

$4.689 (10/7/12)







-5.6 cents

$4.648 (10/9/12)