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Auto Club: Gas Prices Continue Upward Before Holiday Weekend

Family on Coronado Beach outside Hotel Del -Courtesy Joanne DiBona
Coronado Beach outside Hotel Del Coronado
Credit: Joanne DiBona,

As an all-time record 3.21 million Southern Californians got ready to head to Memorial Day weekend destinations, gas prices continued slightly upward, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $3.72 a gallon for regular unleaded, two cents higher than last Thursday.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.76 per gallon, which is one cent more than last week, 12 cents more than last month, and 69 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.75, which is two cents more than last Thursday, 13 cents more than last month, and 72 cents higher than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.79, which is three cents higher than last week, 14 cents higher than last month, and 71 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.70, which is three cents more than last week, 14 cents higher than last month, and 70 cents more than at this time last year.

“Wholesale gas prices have retreated slightly from their 52-week high point reached on May 10, but so far that hasn’t been enough to push down prices at the pump,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “The Auto Club reminds holiday weekend drivers that driving just five miles above the freeway speed limit of 65 miles per hour will reduce their fuel economy by about nine percent. Also, stay safe this holiday weekend. Don’t drive intoxicated or ‘intexticated.’

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on May 24, averages are:



1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


 +1 cent

 $4.70 (10/9/12)





Orange County


 +2 cents

 $4.69 (10/8/12)





San Diego


 +2 cents

 $4.72 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc


 +3 cents

 $4.70 (6/21/08)




 +3 cents

$4.68 (10/8/12)





San Bernardino


 +1 cent

 $4.68 (10/8/12)







 +2 cents

 $4.68 (10/7/12)







+3 cents

 $4.64 (10/9/12)

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