Southern California gas prices continue to move upward, with some regions seeing price increases of three cents, a departure from the penny-per-week increases that have been more typical of the past few weeks, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $4.43, which is three cents higher than last week. The average national price is $3.24, which five cents higher than a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.43 per gallon, which is two cents higher than last week, two cents higher than last month, and $1.23 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.38, which is up two cents from last week, three cents higher than last month, and $1.20 higher than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.38, which is two cents higher than last week and last month, and $1.17 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $4.35, which is three cents higher than last week, the same as last month, and $1.17 higher than last year. In Bakersfield, the $4.36 average price is unchanged from last week and last month, and $1.22 higher than a year ago today.
“Gas prices have been rising slowly, yet persistently, for most of this year, driven primarily by rising oil prices, which are more than twice as high compared to this time last year, and growing global demand,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “The Auto Club recommends shopping around for the best price and removing excess weight from the vehicle to improve fuel economy.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Oct. 7, averages are: