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Gas Prices Drop Further During Holiday Week

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(NOTE: This Weekend Gas Watch is being published Wednesday due to the holiday.)

More than three million Southern California holiday auto travelers will fill up for less than any Thanksgiving holiday since 2008 thanks to continued gas price drops, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.682 a gallon for regular today, 5.2 cents less than last Wednesday.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.745 per gallon, which is 7.6 cents lower than last week, nine cents lower than last month, and eight cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.749, which is 6.9 cents lower than last week, seven cents lower than last month, and three cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.776, 2.6 cents less than last week, six cents lower than a month ago, and three cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.717, 5.8 cents less than last week, five cents less than this time last month, and three cents less than last year.

“Los Angeles wholesale gas prices have climbed in the last couple of days but are still well below where they were on Nov. 1, which was the highest price this month,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.  “In the greater LA and San Diego areas, drivers should be able to shop around to gas up for less than $2.40 or even $2.30 a gallon for their holiday getaways.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Nov. 23, averages are:




1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


-7.6 cents

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-8.3 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


-6.9 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –



-2.6 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


-5.8 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







-5.7 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)







-4.2 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)


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