Despite dropping demand from stay-at-home orders, gas prices in most areas have stayed in a narrow five- to seven-cent range for three months in a row, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.18 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is unchanged for three straight weeks.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.15 per gallon, which is unchanged for two weeks in a row and the same as last month, and 52 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.16, which is the same as for two straight weeks, one cent more than than last month, and 50 cents lower than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.20, which is one cent more than last week, the same as last month, and 57 cents lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.11, which is unchanged for two weeks in a row and also the same as last month, and 45 cents lower than last year. In Bakersfield, the $3.12 average price is the same as last week and last month, and 64 cents lower than a year ago today.
“According to Oil Price Information Service, gasoline production in California has been dropping for four straight weeks, apparently in response to lower demand,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Dec. 17, averages are: