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Drivers Can Give Thanks For 2013's Lowest Prices

thanksgiving travel woman enjoys autumn leaves in forest
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As Southern California drivers fill up for Thanksgiving getaways in coming days, they will be paying the lowest prices for this holiday season since 2010 and also the lowest prices of 2013, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.559 a gallon for regular today – 4.2 cents lower than last week.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.585 per gallon, which is 3.8 cents less than last week, 21 cents lower than last month, and 24 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.599, which is 3.7 cents below last week, 19 cents below last month, and 20 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.619, down 4 cents from last week, 24 cents lower than a month ago, and 27 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.562, down 3.1 cents from last week, 19 cents lower than last month, and 22.5 cents less than last year.


“Thanksgiving travelers will have greater flexibility in their vacation budget with gas prices that are about 40 cents lower per gallon than the 2013 year-to-date average,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “This week for the first time in 2013, Los Angeles and San Diego average gas prices dipped below $3.60 a gallon."


The Auto Club will release its Southern California Thanksgiving travel projections on Friday, Nov. 22.


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Nov. 21, averages are: 






Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


-3.8 cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-3.7 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


-3.7 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


-4.0 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino


-3.1 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)







-5.1 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)







-3.4 cents

   $4.689 (10/7/12)

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