(LOS ANGELES – Jan. 12, 2012) – Southern California gas prices are no longer zooming upward by more than a penny a day like they were at the beginning of 2012, but they are still rising, 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 $3.732 per gallon, which is 3.4 cents higher than last week, 13 cents higher than last month, and 39 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.724, an increase of 3.4 cents from last week, 14 cents above last month, and 38 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.748, up 3.8 cents from last week, 10 cents higher than a month ago, and 36 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.71, up 4.7 cents from last week, 14 cents higher than last month, and 38 cents more than last year.
“With prices nearly 40 cents higher than last January, drivers are already motivated to save money on gas,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “We encourage drivers to shop around within reason for the best prices, and also to make sure they are maximizing their fuel economy by adopting a gentler driving style, avoiding speeding, properly inflating tires and keeping their vehicles maintained.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of noon on Jan. 12, averages are:
Los Angeles – Long Beach
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
Riverside – San Bernardino