Southern Californians continue to pay near-record prices at the pump just weeks before the traditional “spring spike” season that typically brings gas price increases averaging 50 cents a gallon, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.65, which is unchanged for the week and six cents below the record price of $4.71 reached in late November. The average national price is $3.32, which is two cents higher than a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.67 per gallon, which is on cent less than last week, one cent below last month, $1.32 higher than last year and five cents lower than the record price. In San Diego, the average price is $4.63, which is unchanged for the third straight week, one cent higher than last month, $1.28 higher than last year, and nine cents below its record price.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.61, which is a penny lower than last week, one cent lower than last month, $1.27 higher than last year, and nine cents below the record. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.60, which is the same as last Thursday, one cent lower than last month, $1.31 higher than last year and eight cents below the record. In Bakersfield, the $4.59 average price is one cent less than last Thursday, four cents lower than last month, $1.31 higher than a year ago today and seven cents lower than the record price.
“Not counting 2020, when the pandemic shut down gas demand, the typical Los Angeles spring gas price spike since 2017 is about 54 cents per gallon, ranging from a low of 21 cents in 2017 to a high of 86 cents in 2019,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Given the lack of relief in pump prices due to continued high oil prices, it’s increasingly likely that Southern California gas prices will reach new record highs sometime in the next few months.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Jan. 20, averages are: