Average San Diego County gas price rises for 17th time in 18 days
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Friday for the 10th consecutive day and 17th time in 18 days, increasing 1 cent to $4.114, its highest amount since Oct. 21, 2019.
The average price has risen 10.8 cents over the past 18 days, including 1.3 cents Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 4.8 cents higher than one week ago, 14.3 cents more than one month ago and $1.339 greater than one year ago.
The rising prices are the result of less supply because production is reduced due to refinery maintenance and fuel demand is increasing, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.
“This is a typical pattern that we see during the spring months,” Spring said.
The average price has risen 81 of the past 88 days, increasing 63.5 cents, and 88.7 cents since the start of the year.
The large price increase from one year ago is the result of a significant decrease during the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic, when driving and demand dropped substantially because of stay-at-home orders intended to reduce the spread of the virus.
The average price is 1.5 cents more than it was on May 7, 2019.
California has the highest tax per gallon of gas in the whole country.