L.A. Drivers Paying $1 More Per Gallon of Gas Than Rest of US: AAA

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Gas prices in Southern California have recently skyrocketed, averaging about $1 gallon more than the national average. A Mobil station in the Los Angeles area charged more than $3 a gallon on Christmas Day. (Credit: KTLA)

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Motorists in the Los Angeles area were paying about $1 more per gallon of gasoline than the rest of the nation this holiday weekend as pump prices skyrocketed amid multiple refinery outages in the state, according to AAA.

Gas prices in Southern California have recently skyrocketed, averaging about $1 gallon more than the national average. A Mobil station in the Los Angeles area charged more than $3 a gallon on Christmas Day. (Credit: KTLA)
Gas prices in Southern California have recently skyrocketed, averaging about $1 gallon more than the national average. A Mobil station in the Los Angeles area charged more than $3 a gallon on Christmas Day. (Credit: KTLA)

The national average on Saturday was about $2 a gallon for a gallon of regular unleaded, but in the L.A.-Long Beach area and Orange County, it was about $3 a gallon, the latest figures from the American Automobile Association showed.

In a news release on Christmas, AAA said the cost of gas in the state has climbed 13.4 cents in about a week.

They blamed refinery outages in Southern California as the cause, stating that created a local supply issue which sent pump prices skyrocketing in the past week.

 “While the rest of the country is enjoying the lowest gas prices since 2009, Southern California is once again experiencing local supply problems reportedly due to unplanned maintenance at the Tesoro refineries in Wilmington and Carson as well as one in Northern California and one in Washington state that supplies California,” Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring said in the release.

As a result, L.A. gas prices have climbed about 21.1 cents in a week; the cost was 15 cents more than last month, and 23 cents above last year, according to the Auto Club’s report.

San Diego, the Inland Empire and the Central Coast all showed spikes within the last week, and were also more expensive than the previous month and last year, the report stated.

Drivers were spending more at the pump amid AAA’s prediction that that a record-number of Southern California residents would be traveling for the holiday, many of them getting to their destination by car.

Spring recommended motorists “aggressively” shop around to find the best gas prices in their area.

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