Holiday Travelers Will Pay Lower Gas Prices

(LOS ANGELES – May 26, 2011) –Gas prices across Southern California dropped by about a dime during the past week, providing welcome relief to travelers fueling up before the Memorial Day holiday, 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 $4.093 per gallon, which is 9.6 cents lower than last week, 14 cents lower than last month, and $1.05 higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $4.052, a decrease of 9.9 cents from last week, 16 cents below last month, and $1.01 higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.139, down 9.8 cents from last week, 12.4 cents lower than a month ago, and $1.03 above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $4.046, which is 11.1 cents lower than last week, 16 cents lower than last month, and $1.03 more than last year.
“The Auto Club is expecting that 84 percent of Southern California travelers, or 2.2 million people, will drive to their holiday destinations this weekend, so the gas price drops are coming at a good time,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Overall, 2.62 million Southern Californians are expected to travel this weekend – a very slight increase of two-tenths of one percent from last year. The Auto Club recommends that travelers use online tools such as the free AAA TripTik app to shop around for the cheapest gas prices.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of noon on May 26, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles–Long Beach
     -9.6 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     -9.9 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     -9.9 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara–Santa Maria–Lompoc
     -9.8 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside–San  Bernardino
     -11.1 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
      -8.9 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      -8.7 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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