According to the American Automobile Association, as of Tuesday, in California gas prices have set a new record with an average price value of $4.687 for a regular gallon.
It was the third day straight the state has recorded record-breaking costs as Monday’s normal gas cost was $4.682 and Sunday’s was $4.676 what broke the past state record of $4.671 in October 2012.
On Tuesday, previous records for the gas process all broke by cities like Oakland, Redding, Sacramento, and San francisco.
A year ago, the average price was $3.177 in California and $2.125 nationally.
AAA Southern California spokesman Doug Shupe told the Los Angeles Times that Higher crude oil prices and increased demand for fuel have driven prices up.
Shupe said, “We had really, really low demand during the pandemic, and then it just ramped up rapidly as more and more people became vaccinated, The desire to get out there and travel really picked up quickly.”
“Nationally, gas prices have decreased slightly with the average price for a gallon of gas at $3.41, down a penny from last week,” the AAA said in a press release.
Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson said in the release, “A slight dip in gas demand, possibly due to seasonal driving habit changes, is contributing to some price relief at the pump, Unfortunately, the ongoing tight supply of crude oil will likely keep gas prices fluctuating, instead of dropping, for some time.”