The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose one-tenth of a cent today to $4.104, the fifth increase in six days, amid concerns over conflict in Iraq.
The average price is 1.1 cents more than one week ago and 8.9 cents higher than one year ago but 5.1 cents less than one month ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
“Everybody is sort of waiting to find out what the Iraq situation is going to do to the price of gasoline in Southern California,” Marie Montgomery, a spokesperson for the Automobile Club of Southern California, told Video News West. She added that California imports 9 percent of oil from Iraq.
“That is a significant percentage that will need to be replaced if we’re not getting that anymore, and we’re not really sure what that is going to do to gas prices, but at the moment they are in a holding pattern,” Montgomery said.
The average price rose four-tenths of a cent on Saturday and three- tenths of a cent on Sunday, dropped one-tenth of a cent on Monday, then increased six-tenths of a cent on Tuesday and two-tenths of a cent on Wednesday.
The rising prices were immediately preceded by a stretch of eight decreases in nine days that dropped the price to its lowest amount since April 7.
There are some areas in San Diego County with prices under $4 per gallon for self-serve regular gasoline, Montgomery said. She encouraged motorists to use smart phone apps to find the cheapest gas.
“You can definitely find those gas stations under $4 a gallon,” Montgomery said.
— City News Service
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