Have you noticed gas prices going up in your area?
A double-digit spike in Southern California gas prices has brought them to their highest point reached since 2013, according to a statement released by the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.
The state average for a regular gallon of gas Thursday was $4.196 -- more than 12.7 cents higher than last week, according to the statement.
“Local gas prices are now 70 cents a gallon higher than at the end of January,” Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring said in the statement. “But there are signs of relief – wholesale prices dropped back down by 20 cents as of Wednesday, and local pump prices seem to be staying steady in the last couple of days.”
As of Thursday, a regular gallon of gas could cost drivers $4.59 in West Los Angeles at the 76 gas station on Santa Monica and Sawtelle boulevards, according to GasBuddy.com. With the lowest price in the Los Angeles area at $4.25 at the USA Gasoline station, also in West Los Angeles, at Santa Monica Boulevard and Malcom Avenue.
Premium gasoline users could expect to pay as much as $4.89 a gallon at the 76 gas station in West Los Angeles on Santa Monica and Beverly Glen boulevards, according to GasBuddy.com. With the cheapest premium gallon being reported at the USA Gasoline station in West Los Angeles at $4.45.
GasBuddy.com monitors gas prices through user submissions. Although West Los Angeles area gas stations were mentioned in both the highest and lowest prices for a regular or premium gallon of gas, the site covers stations from across the Southland in real-time.
The Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline nationwide. As of 9 a.m. on Thursday, it reported the weekly averages across the Southern California as:
Los Angeles – Long Beach
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
Riverside – San Bernardino