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Record Number of July 4 Travelers Will Pay Lowest Gas Prices Since 2005

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Continued declines have brought Southern California gas prices to their lowest pre-Independence Day levels since 2005 in most areas, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $2.94 a gallon for regular unleaded, four cents less than a week ago. In 2005 at this time, the average California price was $2.46 a gallon.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.92 per gallon, which is five cents below last week, 15 cents below last month, and five cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.90, which is five cents lower than last week, 13 cents less than last month, and three cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.98, five cents less than last week, nine cents lower than last month, and one cent higher than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.88, which is down four cents from last week, 14 cents less than last month, and two cents less than last year.

“These record low gas prices for this decade will benefit an all-time record number of 3.1 million Independence Day travelers in Southern California, 5 million statewide and 44.2 million nationally,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.  “When gas prices are falling, travelers should keep in mind that they may be more likely to overpay for gasoline. While you’re on the road, have a passenger use the free AAA Mobile app, which will automatically show the lowest gas price near your location anywhere in the U.S.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 29, averages are:




1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


 -5 cents

 $4.70 (10/9/12)





Orange County


 -6 cents

 $4.69 (10/8/12)





San Diego


 -5 cents

 $4.72 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc


 -5 cents

 $4.70 (6/21/08)


Riverside/San Bernardino


 -4 cents

 $4.68 (10/8/12)







 -4 cents

 $4.68 (10/7/12)







 -3 cents

 $4.64 (10/9/12)

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