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Auto Club: Gas Prices Continue Dropping Before Holiday Getaways

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As Southern Californians got ready to take Fourth of July holiday trips in near-record numbers, they are finding lower prices at the pump, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.83, which is three cents lower than a week ago. The average national price is $3.55, which is also three cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.89 per gallon, which is three cents lower than last week, four cents lower than last month, and $1.45 lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.87, which is three cents lower than last week, two cents lower than last month, and $1.39 lower than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.91, which is two cents lower than last week, three cents higher than last month, and $1.38 lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.77, which is four cents lower than last week, six cents lower than last month and $1.46 lower than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $4.85 average price is two cents lower than last week, the same as last month, and $1.47 lower than a year ago today.

“Local holiday travelers will be paying nearly $1.50 a gallon less than this time last year as they fill up for their trips,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Travelers can make sure they are not overpaying for fuel by using a tool such as the free AAA Mobile app to shop around virtually for the lowest gas price near them.”

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 June 29, 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. English/Spanish Language Media Spokesperson
(619) 565-4556
Venegas.Anlleyn@ace.aaa.com

Marie Montgomery
(714) 420-0477 (cell)
Montgomery.Marie@aaa-calif.com

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