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MAP: Where to Find Cheap Gas in San Diego County

NBC 7 put together a list of gas stations that have been reported to have some of the cheapest prices in San Diego County

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Gas prices in San Diego County have topped $6 on average for a gallon of self-serve regular — and are still climbing — leaving San Diegans in search of cheaper gas prices to save a few dollars at the pump.

We wanted to help, so we put together a list of gas stations that have been reported to have some of the cheapest prices in San Diego County. See the map below:

Where Can I Find Cheap Gas in San Diego County?

To create this map, NBC 7 uses data from GasBuddy, which collects gas pump prices mostly based on crowdsourced user submissions, as well as gas stations inputs and credit card company data.

The list is curated to select cheap gas stations from a wide range of cities across San Diego County and does not necessarily list the cheapest in the county. Instead, it offers consumers a wider range of options when searching for cheap gas. The list also eliminates gas stations that are cash-only, require a membership or are exclusively for members of the military. Note that some may include additional fees for using a debit card.

Map updated on April 11, 2022, at 3:15 p.m.

While the GasBuddy app is a useful tool to find cheap gas prices near you, it has experienced issues amid a surge in use.

GasBuddy's petroleum expert Patrick De Hann said their site has seen never-before-seen traffic.

"Our engineering team has had sleepless nights working to keep service going and to expand our capabilities. As volume continues its almost exponential rise, we are doing everything possible to keep the service online," De Hann said.

The numbers can also change several times a day, as NBC 7's Artie Ojeda found. At one gas station in the South Bay, prices jumped from $4.89 to $5.29 in one afternoon. NBC 7 selects gas stations with prices updated within the last 24 hours but you can check the latest prices here before you go to fill up.

What is the Price of Gas in San Diego County Today?

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was unchanged Monday, at $5.822, ending a streak of 12 consecutive days of decreases.

The average price has dropped 19.6 cents over the past 13 days, including two-tenths of a cent Sunday and 2.5 cents Saturday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The decreases follow a 35-day streak of increases totaling $1.274.

The average price is 11 cents less than one week ago, but 8.8 cents more than one month ago and $1.844 higher than one year ago.

Why Are Gas Prices Rising in San Diego County?

The Automobile Club of Southern California says there are two main factors contributing to high gas prices.

The global tension surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine is causing crude oil prices to rise, and the more expensive summer-blend fuel started entering the market in California last month.

The price spike "is not exactly surprising — it is the cost of choking off Russia from energy revenue," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, which provides real-time gas price information from more than 140,000 stations.

The smaller increases are the result of oil prices beginning to drop Wednesday after the United Arab Emirates announced it would increase oil production and "encourage other OPEC members to do the same," said Doug Shupe, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications and programs manager.

After rising to $127.98 on March 1, its highest amount since July 2008, the price of a barrel of Brent crude on the Intercontinental Exchange dropped three of the next four sessions, including $16.84 on March 9, its biggest decline in a day since April 2020, and $4.78 on March 14 to settle at $102.12.

Crude oil costs account for slightly more than half of the pump price, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The rest of the price includes the other components of gasoline, production costs, distribution costs, overhead costs for all involved in production, distribution and sales, taxes and carbon offset fees in California paid by the refineries.

Are Gas Prices Rising Everywhere?

Yes. See the map below to compare the average price of a gallon of regular gas in California to the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the U.S., both of which are up significantly from last year.

How to Save Money on Gas

Here are some tips from AAA to help you save some money at the pump.

  • Keep your tires properly inflated. Underinflation reduces fuel economy.
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. On the highway, aerodynamic drag causes fuel economy to drop off significantly as speeds increase above 50 mph.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard acceleration. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
  • Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in winter. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Minimize your use of air conditioning. Even at highway speeds, open windows have less effect on fuel economy than the engine power required to operate the air conditioning compressor.
  • Also, shop around for gas prices, sometimes lower prices are around the corner.
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