Gas Prices Down as Summer Vacation Season Begins

During last week’s summer vacation season kickoff, local gas prices posted a small net drop, 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 $3.006 per gallon, which is 2.4 cents less than last week, 12 cents lower than last month, and 21 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.009, which is four-tenths of one cent less than last week’s price, 13 cents below last month, and 19 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.073, 1.6 cents less than last week, 13 cents lower than a month ago, and 23 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.991, which is 2.2 cents less than last week, 13 cents lower than last month, and 21 cents more than last year.

“This time last year, gas prices were zooming upward, so we are now paying just about 20 cents more per gallon compared to post-Memorial Day in 2009,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “It remains to be seen, but it’s within the realm of possibility that summer car travelers could pay even less to fill up than they were during summer months last year. That could be good news for the 67 percent of vacationers who indicated they would drive to their first summer trip in our third annual Auto Club Summer Travel Poll.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on June 3, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     -2.4 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     -1.1 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     -0.4 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     -1.6 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     -2.2 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
      -2,0 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      -2.1 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)