Following a spring and summer of steadily increasing gas prices, Southern California drivers have seen a pause at the pump in recent days with average prices in many regions remaining unchanged or increasing by one penny, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for California is $4.40, up one penny from last week. The average national price is $3.19, unchanged from a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.38 per gallon, which is unchanged from last week, four cents higher than last month, and $1.20 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.35, unchanged from than last week, six cents more than last month, and $1.15 higher than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.33, which is up one penny from last week, four cents higher than last month, and $1.11 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.30, which is unchanged from last week, four cents higher than last month, and $1.17 higher than last year. In Bakersfield, the $4.33 average price is one cent higher than last week, eight cents higher than last month, and $1.21 higher than a year ago today.
“Across the board, wholesale gasoline and oil prices have remained relatively flat during the past two weeks because of growing concerns over increased COVID cases and higher oil production in the coming weeks,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “However, demand remains strong throughout the region, so prices haven’t declined.
As pump prices remain high, AAA members can save at the pump by joining the Fuel Rewards at Shell program at AAA.com/Shell. As part of the Fuel Rewards program, AAA Members earn Gold Status ongoing and save five cents per gallon every day on each individual gas purchase of up to 20 gallons from participating Shell stations with no minimum fill ups.
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on August 12, averages are: