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Gas Prices March In March Toward $4 Average In SoCal

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Southern California gas price averages are now within a few pennies of $4 a gallon after five straight weeks of price increases in most areas, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.891 a gallon for regular today, 6.6 cents more than last week.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.963 per gallon, which is 6.7 cents more than last week, 33 cents higher than last month, and 33 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.949, which is 5.8 cents above last week, 32 cents higher than last month, and 30 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.965, up 6.5 cents from last week, 32 cents higher than a month ago, and 35 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.934, up 5.9 cents from last week, 32.5 cents more than last month, and 32.5 cents less than last year.

“Local motorists are seeing more stations posting prices above $4 a gallon, but right now at least, they don’t have to shop around too far to find pump prices lower than that,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “As prices continue to increase, motorists should make sure they are following gas-saving tips outlined in the AAA Gas Watchers Guide, especially regarding properly inflated tires and driving style.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on March 6, averages are: 







Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


+6.7 cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+6.7 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


  +5.8 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


+6.5 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino


+5.9 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)



+6.9 cents

   $4.689 (10/7/12)

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