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Auto Club: Gas Prices Continue Falling for a Third Straight Week

CA GAS WATCH

Southern California drivers are paying less than a year ago in many areas as gas prices continue to drop statewide, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.49, which is four cents lower than a week ago. The average national price is $3.10, which is one cent higher than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.54 per gallon, which is four cents lower than last week, 18 cents lower than last month, and the same as last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.56, which is five cents less than last week, 19 cents lower than last month, and one cent less than this time last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.54, which is eight cents lower than last week, 16 cents lower than last month, and four cents more than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.36, which is five cents lower than last week, 18 cents lower than last month, and five cents lower than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $4.57 average price is six cents lower than last week, 22 cents lower than last month, and six cents higher than a year ago today.

“Gas Prices in Southern California could reverse course in the coming days after reports of weather-related issues at regional refineries due to Monday’s heavy rain,” said Auto Club Spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Drivers should continue to shop around for the cheapest gas, with the help of an online tool such as the free AAA Mobile app.”

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 January 25, averages are:

CA GAS CHART 1-25-24

 

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.