(LOS ANGELES – April 19, 2012) –Southern California gas prices have dropped for five straight weeks and are now almost at the same level as at this time in 2011, 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 $4.228 per gallon, which is 4 cents less than last week, 15.7 cents lower than last month, and one penny higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $4.226, 3.6 cents below last week, 13.7 cents below last month, and 2 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.293, down 3.2 cents from last week, 13.5 cents lower than a month ago, and 5 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $4.218, down 4.9 cents from last week, 15.7 cents lower than last month, and 3 cents more than last year.
“While prices have dropped to almost the same level as at this time last year, those April 2011 prices were nearly the highest prices that drivers paid during all of 2011,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Motorists need to continue actively shopping around for gas prices and make sure they are maximizing their fuel economy by avoiding speeding and regularly checking their tires for properly inflation.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 10 a.m. on April 19, averages are:
Los Angeles – Long Beach
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
Riverside – San Bernardino