(LOS ANGELES – Jan. 26, 2012) – Southern California gas prices are moving upward again after just a week of staying steady, 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 $3.749 per gallon, which 1.7 cents more than last week, 17 cents higher than last month, and 40 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.742, an increase of 1.5 cents from last week, 17 cents above last month, and 39 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.786, up 2.4 cents from last week, 18 cents higher than a month ago, and 39 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.73, up 1.7 cents from last week, 20 cents higher than last month, and 40 cents more than last year.
“These prices are familiar to us because we paid them throughout most of 2011, but it’s discouraging because January is traditionally one of the lowest points for gas prices for the year,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “If prices go up from here, as they have every spring since 2000, motorists will either have to set more money aside in the budget for fuel or cut their consumption.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of noon on Jan. 26, averages are:
Los Angeles – Long Beach
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
Riverside – San Bernardino