STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) – Gas prices in California are closer to all-time highs than they were in recent memory, as most pumps around the state remain near the $ 5 mark.
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Across the state, average cost per gallon has jumped ¢ 6 in just the last week, and prices have jumped for six of seven days this week. Average prices in the city are now $ 4.66 a gallon.
Prices per gallon of unleaded fuel rose ¢ 2 only on Saturday.
At this point last year, gas prices were about $ 1.50 less than they are in 2021 – for example a car with a 14-gallon tank will cost an average of $ 21 extra dollars to fill.
Los Angeles County’s record prices were set in October 2012, running at $ 4,705 per gallon.
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The American Automobile Association (AAA) attributes this to higher oil prices. Crude oil accounts for more than 50% of pump prices, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
According to Jeffrey Spring, the Southern California Auto Club’s corporate communications managers, a number of Southern California refineries have also been required to undergo unplanned maintenance, which normally reduces the level of production.
AAA has also offered some suggestions on how drivers can try to combat these high prices and get the most mileage out of their tanks: continue regular maintenance such as oil changes and keep tires properly inflated.
Prices are not expected to go down any time soon, as experts suggest costs will remain high during the holiday season.
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