San Diego County

Will Gas Prices Reach San Diego's Record High? It's Close

San Diego's average gas price increased more than 9 cents in 7 days. If the rate continues, gas prices will surpass San Diego County's record high in a week

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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Tuesday for the seventh consecutive day, increasing eight-tenths of a cent to $4.637, its highest amount since Oct. 15, 2012.

The average price has increased 9.2 cents over the past seven days, including three-tenths of a cent Monday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 21.2 cents more than one month ago and $1.488 higher than one year ago.

A local handyman who puts in as many as 250 miles a day on the road told NBC 7's Joe Little that the pain at the pump has him putting some life plans on hold.

The average price is within 8.8 cents of matching San Diego County's record high of $4.725 set on Oct. 8, 2012. In California, the average gallon of gas runs $4.69, which is $1.50 more than it was this time last year, AAA said.

"Average gas prices in many Southern California regions continue to climb toward their prior record highs set in October 2012 but there is a small gleam of hope as some of the production issues that plagued refineries in the region seem to be abating, demand seems to be softening nationally according to OPIS, and the (U.S. Energy Information Administration) noted (Monday) that many of the shale oil production sites in the country have been increasing production," said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications manager.

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