The fifth straight week of gas price declines in Southern California has finally brought motorists back in range of what they were paying at the pump last year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch.
The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, for example, fell another four cents since last week to $4.228, the Automobile Club said. That was 15.7 cents a gallon lower than last month's price and just a penny a gallon higher than what motorists were paying last year.
Still, Automobile Club spokesman Jeff Spring acknowledged that drivers probably won't be reaching for champagne to celebrate the news.
“While prices have dropped to almost the same level as at this time last year, those April 2011 prices were nearly the highest that drivers paid during all of 2011,” Spring said. “Motorists need to continue actively shopping around for gas prices and make sure they are maximizing their fuel economy by avoiding speeding and regularly checking their tires for proper inflation.”
The spread of gasoline prices in Los Angeles alone was huge, according to another price watching service operated by GasBuddy.com. Its losangelesgasprices.com website showed a range from $3.99 a gallon at 15 service stations around town to $5.99 a gallon at a Chevron at West Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street.