Spring Gas Prices Avoid Usual Spikes -- So Far

(LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2010) –Southern California gas prices changed by less than a penny in major areas over the past week, continuing an unusual spring pattern of stability instead of the wild upward spikes during past years, 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 $3.094 per gallon, which is seven-tenths of a cent less than last week, nine cents more than last month, and 86 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.104, which is five-tenths of a penny less than last week’s price, 11 cents above last month, and 84 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.172, down one-tenth of one cent from last week, 12 cents higher than a month ago, and 84 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.098, which is two-tenths of a cent more than last week, nine cents more than last month, and 87 cents more than last year.

“Gas prices have really moved very little over the past month in Southern California, and that’s unusual for springtime because in the past we’ve seen such big price spikes at this time,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “However, there’s still almost two months until Memorial Day, and we’ll have to see how the economy affects pricing during April and May.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on April 1, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$3.094
    -0.7 cent
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$3.093
     -0.9 cent
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$3.104
     -0.5 cent
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$3.172
     -0.1 cent
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$3.098
     +0.2 cent
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$3.143
      +0.7 cent
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$3.105
      -0.4 cent
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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