Earthquake-related refinery problems continue to keep Southern California gas prices at a high level, with Los Angeles and San Diego average gas prices reaching their highest level of the year today, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.40, which is one cent higher than last week. The average national price is $3.19, which is the same for two weeks in a row.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.41 per gallon, which is one cent higher than last week, one cent higher than last month, and $1.21 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.36, which is up two cents from than last week, one cent higher than last month, and $1.17 higher than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.36, which is one cent higher than last week and last month, and $1.14 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.32, which is one cent higher than last week, the same as last month, and $1.17 higher than last year. In Bakersfield, the $4.36 average price is one cent higher than last week, unchanged from last month, and $1.21 higher than a year ago today.
“Prices are not surging right now, but they are hovering at about 30 cents below their all-time record levels at a time of year that we would usually start to see gas price drops,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “The Auto Club recommends drivers smooth out their driving style, combine errands and take advantage of discounts such as the Fuel Rewards Program at Shell for AAA members to save money on gas.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 30, averages are: