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Auto Club: Gas Prices Continue Dropping

CA GAS WATCH

Southern California gas prices have dropped for 11 weeks in a row after their September price spike that brought them over $6 a gallon, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.65, which is nine cents lower than a week ago. The average national price is $3.10, which is 10 cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.77 per gallon, which is eight cents lower than last week, 38 cents lower than last month, and 20 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.80, which is nine cents lower than last week, 40 cents lower than last month, and 26 cents more than this time last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.79, which is seven cents lower than last week, 36 cents lower than last month, and 15 cents more than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.61, which is eight cents lower than last week, 38 cents lower than last month and 19 cents higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $4.85 average price is seven cents lower than last week, 37 cents lower than last month, and eight cents lower than a year ago today.

“While pump prices are declining, they are higher than at this time last year because wholesale gasoline prices have not dropped as far as last year,” said Auto Club Spokesperson Doug Shupe.

The Auto Club reminds drivers of the following tips to save money on gas:

  • If you use premium unleaded fuel, make sure it is required for your vehicle, not just recommended. The Auto Club's Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
  • Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
  • Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. Fuel economy peaks around 50 mph on most cars, then drops off as speed increases. Reducing freeway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy by as much as 14%.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because you could lose control of the vehicle.
  • Minimize your use of air conditioning.
  • Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Remove unnecessary and heavy items from your car.
  • Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use.
  • Download the AAA App to find the cheapest gas prices near you. 

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Dec. 14, averages are:

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Media Contacts

Doug Shupe
LA-based media contact
(512) 659-1632
shupe.doug@aaa-calif.com
Anlleyn Venegas
Public Affairs Specialist. Spanish-Language Media Spokesperson , Auto Club Enterprises
(619) 565-4556
Venegas.Anlleyn@ace.aaa.com
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The Automobile Club of Southern California is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in the following California counties: Inyo, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura.