Gas prices continued to climb in most Southern California regions, but may see a pause in coming days due to falling oil prices and increased cases of COVID-19 that may dampen driving, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.40, which is unchanged from last week. The average national price is $3.18, down a penny from a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.39 per gallon, which is up one cent from last week, four cents higher than last month, and $1.19 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.36, up one cent from than last week, five cents more than last month, and $1.14 higher than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.34, which is up one penny from last week, three cents higher than last month, and $1.12 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.32, which is up two cents last week, four cents higher than last month, and $1.16 higher than last year. In Bakersfield, the $4.35 average price is two cents higher than last week, eight cents higher than last month, and $1.21 higher than a year ago today.
“Although we haven’t seen an impact on gas prices, yet, the price of crude oil has dropped a couple of dollars per barrel this week based on concerns over increased COVID-19 cases and declining economic activity globally,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Driving demand in California remains strong at the end of summer, so we haven’t seen an immediate drop in retail gasoline prices.”
As more workers return to the office and children return to school, the Auto Club reminds motorists to be watchful for young bicyclists and pedestrians around schools and for congested traffic on freeways.
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on August 19, averages are: