The past week brought little or no change to Southern California’s near-record gas prices as oil prices stayed at levels not seen since 2014, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.64, which is one cent lower than last week and seven cents below the record price of $4.71 reached in late November. The average national price is $3.35, which is three cents higher than a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.67 per gallon, which is the same as last week and last month, $1.24 higher than last year and five cents lower than the record price. In San Diego, the average price is $4.62, which is one cent lower than last week, unchanged from last month, $1.23 higher than last year, and ten cents below its record price.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.61, which is the same as last week, one cent lower than last month, $1.23 higher than last year, and nine cents below the record. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.59, which is one cent lower than last week and last month, $1.24 higher than last year and nine cents below the record. In Bakersfield, the $4.57 average price is two cents less than last Thursday, ten cents lower than last month, $1.27 higher than a year ago today and ten cents lower than the record price.
“Oil prices continue to keep the pressure on Southern California gas prices during a time of year that we would normally see price decreases,” said Auto Club spokesman Doug Shupe. “That’s why it’s important for drivers to keep tires properly inflated, remove excess weight from their vehicle, avoid jackrabbit starts, and don’t speed.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Jan. 27, averages are: