Gas Prices Steady As Holiday Travelers Fill Up

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As Southern Californians get ready to make their holiday getaways in record numbers, gas prices continue to hold steady near their lowest levels of the year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.595 a gallon for regular today – one cent higher than last week.

 

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.642 per gallon, which is nine-tenths of one cent less than last week, 5 cents higher than last month, and 3 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.628, which is 1.2 cents below last week, 2 cents higher than last month, and 3 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.667, down 2.4 cents from last week, 5 cents higher than a month ago, and 2 cents more than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.614, unchanged from last week, 4 cents higher than last month, and 4.5 cents more than last year.

 

“In recent days, Southern California wholesale prices have dropped to new lows for 2013, but the stock market boom on Wednesday also increased commodity prices, so it’s hard to say if downward price pressure will continue,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Holiday travelers can expect to pay about the same or slightly higher gas prices compared to the 2012 Christmas-New Year’s holiday period."

The Auto Club projects that 7.31 million Southern Californians, and 11.8 million statewide, will travel between this Saturday and New Year’s Day – an all-time record for local holiday travel.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Dec. 19, averages are: 

Area                   

Regular

One-week

change

 

Record Price

 

Los Angeles – Long Beach

$3.642

-0.9 cent

 $4.705 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$3.618

-1.1 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$3.628

-1.2 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc

$3.667

-2.4 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)

 

 

 

 

Riverside – San  Bernardino

$3.614

No change

 $4.688 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$3.588

-0.3 cent

 $4.648 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$3.633

-0.7 cent

   $4.689 (10/7/12)