(LOS ANGELES – Feb. 9, 2012) –Local gas prices inched closer to the $4-a-gallon mark this week, 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 $3.820 per gallon, which 2.6 cents more than last week, 9.2 cents higher than last month, and 42 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.812, an increase of 2.9 cents from last week, 9.5 cents above last month, and 41 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.858, up 1.8 cents from last week, 13 cents higher than a month ago, and 42 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.791, up 2.5 cents from last week, 8.5 cents higher than last month, and 40 cents more than last year.
“Southern California drivers are getting no relief from price hikes as we head into the spring, which in prior years has been a season of spiking gas prices,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Consumers need to keep in mind that gas prices can be unpredictable, but they can reduce their fuel usage by driving gently, properly maintaining their vehicle and primarily driving the household vehicle that gets the best fuel economy.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of noon on Feb. 9, averages are:
Los Angeles – Long Beach
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
Riverside – San Bernardino