Gas prices have the creeps
April 21, 2017
• Pump prices up for third straight week
• “Average gas prices have remained in an unusually narrow 10-cent range”
The traditional California spring spike in gasoline prices is as yet nowhere to be seen, but prices have been creeping up by about a penny for the third straight week, according to price surveys Friday.
“Average gas prices have remained in an unusually narrow 10-cent range for more than two months,” says Jeffrey Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California.
“And while local prices are about 20 cents above last year, so far they are remaining below 2015 levels,” Mr. Spring says.
California’s average price on Friday, April 21, is $3.012, an increase of 1.4 cents since last Friday, the AAA says. The national average price is $2.423, an increase of 1.7 cents over the past week, according to the data from the AAA.
Today’s Regional Prices
Following are the Central Valley average prices for Friday, April 21, driving from south to north, as reported by the American Automobile Association, with last week’s (April 14) averages in parentheses and [April 7] prices in brackets:
• Bakersfield, $2.986 ($2.973) [$2.952]
• Visalia-Porterville, $2.959 ($2.941) [$2.944]
• Fresno, $2.988 ($2.975) [$2.956]
• Merced, $2.966 ($2.950) [$2.938]
• Modesto, $2.827 ($2.803) [$2.765]
• Stockton-Lodi, $2.864 ($2.842) [$2.819]
• Sacramento, $2.911 ($2.896) [$2.866]
• Yolo, $2.895 ($2.853) [$2.829]
• Yuba City, $2.802 ($2.787) [$2.733]
• Chico, $2.842 ($2.821) [$2.804]
According to AAA’s data, the market average price for self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area on April 21 is $3.052, up 1.3 cents since last Friday. In San Diego, the average price is $3.026, up six-tenths of a cent over the past seven days, the AAA says.
Motorists in San Luis Obispo are still paying California’s highest average price. The average on April 21 is $3.190, up one cent in one week, the AAA says.
Yuba City still has the state’s lowest market average price. Its April 21 average of $2.802 is up 1.5 cents over the past week, the AAA says.
California’s lowest price spotted on April 21 is found at a convenience store’s pumps in Lamont, near Bakersfield, according to the gas price comparison website GasBuddy.com. It’s a cash price of $2.499. That’s four cents higher than the lowest price found last week in California.
The apparent lowest price in the country on April 21 for a gallon of gas is found at a convenience store in Rock Hill, South Carolina, which has a posted price of $1.899 per gallon, says GasBuddy. That’s five cents less than last week’s apparent lowest price.
GasBuddy bases its figures on reports from volunteer “price spotters” reporting specific locations in the U.S. and Canada. They are not independently confirmed.
The AAA’s prices are market averages for self-serve regular grade (87 octane) gasoline. They are calculated daily from credit card purchases and compiled by the Oil Price Information Service and Wex Inc., formerly known as Wright Express.
Not every station is surveyed and not every market is included in either report. Both price surveys note that there can be wide variations within any market.