Although Southern California average gas prices remained flat in every region this past week, they were at the highest price ever to start a new year, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.66, which is unchanged for two weeks and ten cents below the record price of $4.71 reached in late November. The average national price is $3.30, which is up a penny from a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.68 per gallon, which is unchanged from last week, one cent below last month, $1.44 higher than last year and four cents lower than the record price. In San Diego, the average price is $4.63, which is unchanged from last week, down one cent from last month, $1.39 higher than last year, and 10 cents below its record price.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.61, which is unchanged for two weeks, three cents lower than last month, $1.36 higher than last year, and nine cents below the record. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.61, which is unchanged from last Thursday, one cent lower than last month, $1.42 higher than last year and seven cents below the record. In Bakersfield, the $4.61 average price is unchanged from last Thursday, one cent lower than last month, $1.45 higher than a year ago today and five cents lower than the record price.
“Southern California drivers started the new year paying the highest average price ever in the region for January; the statewide average today being 30 percent higher than a year ago when it was $3.26 per gallon.” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Oil prices are climbing again due civil unrest in a couple of oil producing countries, but that impact seems to be tempered by concerns about what the Omicron variant of Covid may do to gasoline demand.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Jan. 6, averages are: