Labor Day Travelers Gas Up For Less

Gas prices have ticked slightly up in a few areas in the last couple of days, but still posted net declines for the week as holiday travelers gas up to head out of town in increased numbers, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.807 a gallon for regular today – 2.4 cents lower than last week.

 

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.836 per gallon, which is 2 cents less than last week, 23 cents lower than last month, and 32 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.840, which is 1.8 cents below last week, 20 cents below last month, and 29 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.914, down 3.6 cents from last week, 20 cents lower than a month ago, and 27 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.815, down 2.9 cents from last week, 22 cents lower than last month, and 31 cents less than last year.

 

“Middle East tensions have contributed to rising oil prices and Los Angeles wholesale prices have also jumped by more than 20 cents in the last week,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “However, wholesale prices are even more volatile than retail, so this won’t necessarily mean a big price jump for drivers. Also, Labor Day travelers will still be spending about $5 less to fill up a 15-gallon tank than they did during last year’s holiday weekend.”

 

The Auto Club is predicting a 6 percent increase in Labor Day travelers over 2012, with 2.44 million Southern Californians expected to head out on trips of at least 50 miles from home.

  

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Aug. 29, averages are: 

 

Area                   

Regular

One-week

change

 

Record Price

 

Los Angeles – Long Beach

$3.836

-2.0 cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$3.806

-2.1 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$3.840

-1.8 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc

$3.914

-3.6 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)

 

 

 

 

Riverside – San  Bernardino

$3.815

-2.9 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$3.808

-2.3 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$3.835

-0.8 cent

   $4.689 (10/7/12)