On Sunday, California observed the highest record of normal prices for regular gasoline in the state.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), “a federation of motor clubs throughout North America that updates daily average national, state, and local prices for gasoline, diesel, and E-85, the average gas prices in California hit an average of 4.676 U.S. dollars per gallon Sunday, beating its previous record of 4.671 dollars for regular gasoline set in October 2012.”
The AAA said, “However, the national average dropped slightly to 3.413 dollars per gallon Sunday. The organization surveyed up to 120,000 stations daily to keep statistics reliable.”
Costs are moving toward 5 dollars for every gallon in certain spaces, including Northern California’s Humboldt County, where the normal gas cost was 4.968 dollars Sunday. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan region, the normal cost was 4.665 dollars on Sunday, a couple of pennies shy of the greatest recorded normal of 4.705 dollars set in October 2012.
AAA Spokesperson Doug Shupe said that although Californians were used to paying more for gas, the price has been much higher lately.
Shupe told CNN, “Drivers are paying 1.50 dollars more per gallon than a year ago, It means the person who has the typical midsize sedan with a 14-gallon size fuel tank, they’re paying 21 dollars more to fill up that tank today than last year.”
Shupe said the primary reasons for the price spike are higher crude oil prices and pent-up demand from the pandemic.