San Bernardino and Ventura joined Los Angeles/Long Beach and Orange County in setting new all-time highs for gas prices this week, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.68, which is two cents higher than last week and three cents below the record price of $4.71 reached in late November. The average national price is $3.48, which is seven cents higher than a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.75 per gallon, which is three cents higher than last week, seven cents higher than last month, $1.22 higher than last year and a new price record for the area. Orange County and Ventura also broke price records this week, but today’s average prices in both areas backed off slightly today from all-time record prices set on Wednesday. San Bernardino set a new record price today of $4.69, three cents higher than last week. In San Diego, the average price is $4.70, which is four cents higher than last week, eight cents higher than last month, $1.20 higher than last year, and still two cents below its record price.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.67, which is three cents higher than last week, four cents higher than last month, $1.22 higher than last year, and three cents below the record. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.66, which is three cents higher than last week, five cents higher than last month, $1.21 higher than last year and two cents below the record. In Bakersfield, the $4.59 average price is one cent more than last Thursday, two cents lower than last month, $1.22 higher than a year ago today and seven cents lower than the record price.
“There is some indication that price increases may be leveling off for now after prices reached record levels,” said Auto Club spokesman Doug Shupe. “Tom Kloza of Oil Price Information Service says the two major factors driving gas prices are higher oil prices and inflation. Drivers should keep in mind that there are many gas stations with prices that are 50 cents or more per gallon below the average price for their area, and they should use a tool such as the AAA Mobile app to find the lowest priced station near them.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Feb. 10, averages are: