The Price Of Gas Soars Past $5 A Gallon In Southern California — The Highest Ever
It's already a tough start to the weekend for drivers.
The Automobile Club of Southern California reports the average price of a gallon of regular gas in L.A. and Long Beach jumped nearly 14 cents overnight to $5.15. By comparison, this same time a year ago the average cost of a gallon of gas was about $3.77 in the metropolitan area.
In Orange County, we saw an even bigger overnight increase of 14.5 cents, pushing the average gallon cost there to nearly $5.14.
The prices recorded in recent days are the highest ever averages for gas in California. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of gas is about $3.84.
[You can check current prices via the AAA tracker.]
So what's driving prices so high?
Marie Montgomery, a spokesperson for AAA of Southern California, says that while California refineries don't get Russian oil, the invasion of Ukraine is creating global uncertainty over supply.
And that's not the only issue driving up costs.
"These are unprecedented prices," she said. "We've never seen them this high — part of it is inflation."
Here's a reality check: Montgomery says we probably won't see relief any time soon.
- If you use premium unleaded fuel, make sure it is required for your vehicle, and not just recommended. The Auto Club's Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
- Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
- Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
- Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
- Slow down and drive the speed limit. Higher speeds result in more aerodynamic drag.
- Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because you could lose control of the vehicle.
- Minimize your use of air conditioning.
- Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
- Remove unnecessary and bulky items from your car.
- Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use.