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Auto Club: Rapid Deceleration Continues For SoCal Gas Prices

CA GAS WATCH

Southern California drivers got more relief at the pump in the last week with double-digit gas price decreases, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $5.36, which is 16 cents lower than a week ago. The average national price is $3.53, which is four cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $5.47 per gallon, which is 20 cents lower than last week, 67 cents lower than last month, and 26 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $5.52, which is 15 cents lower than last week, 55 cents lower than last month, and 17 cents lower than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $5.51, which is 13 cents lower than last week, 46 cents lower than last month, and 21 cents lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $5.35, which is 18 cents lower than last week, 63 cents lower than last month and 21 cents lower than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $5.46 average price is 11 cents lower than last week, 31 cents lower than last month, and 41 cents lower than a year ago today.

“Most Southern California drivers should now be able to find gas stations near them charging less than $5 a gallon,” said Auto Club Spokesperson Doug Shupe. “Because gas prices are declining rapidly, the Auto Club strongly recommends using an online gas price shopping tool like the free AAA Mobile app to find the cheapest gas price near you and make sure you are not overpaying for fuel.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers of the following tips to save money on gas:

  • If you use premium unleaded fuel, make sure it is required for your vehicle, not just recommended. The Auto Club's Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
  • Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
  • Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. Fuel economy peaks around 50 mph on most cars, then drops off as speed increases. Reducing freeway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy by as much as 14%.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because you could lose control of the vehicle.
  • Minimize your use of air conditioning.
  • Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Remove unnecessary and heavy items from your car.
  • Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use.
  • Download the AAA App to find the cheapest gas prices near you. 

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Oct. 26, averages are:

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Media Contacts

Marie Montgomery
(714) 420-0477 (cell)
Montgomery.Marie@aaa-calif.com

Anlleyn Venegas
Public Affairs Specialist. English/Spanish Language Media Spokesperson
(619) 565-4556
Venegas.Anlleyn@ace.aaa.com

Doug Shupe
LA-based media contact
(512) 659-1632
shupe.doug@aaa-calif.com

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The Automobile Club of Southern California is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in the following California counties: Inyo, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura.