Gas pump
Gas pump. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Friday for the 18th consecutive day, decreasing 1.6 cents to $4.05, its lowest amount since Sept. 28.

The average price has dropped 15.6 cents over the past 18 days, including 1.5 cents on Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The decreases follow a run of 19 increases in 21 days totaling 56.3 cents which pushed the average price to its highest level since July 20, 2015.

The average price is 9.2 cents less than one week ago, but 26.7 cents more than one month ago and 22 cents higher than one year ago. It has risen 70.9 cents since the start of the year.

“When prices are dropping like this, it’s tempting to wait until your gas tank is almost empty to fill up again, but doing that regularly can actually damage your vehicle and cost you more money over the long run,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.

“We recommend that drivers keep at least a quarter-tank of fuel in their vehicle at all times to avoid overheating the electric fuel pump or causing tank sediment damage to the fuel pump pickup, the fuel filter or the fuel injectors.”

–City News Service