SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Wednesday for the 15th consecutive day, increasing a half-cent to $4.137, its highest amount since Oct. 18, 2019.
The average price has increased 9.5 cents over the past 15 days, including a half-cent on both Monday and Tuesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 4.6 cents higher than one week ago, 15.9 cents more than one month ago and $1.337 greater than one year ago.
The average price has risen 86 of the past 93 days, increasing 65.8 cents, and 91 cents since the start of the year.
The large price increase from one year ago is the result of a significant decrease during the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic, when driving and demand dropped substantially because of stay-at-home orders intended to reduce the spread of the virus.
The average price is 7.4 cents more than it was on May 12, 2019.
The shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline due to a cyberattack that has caused shortages on the East Coast is not expected to affect gasoline prices in Southern California, Marie Montgomery, a public relations specialist with the Automobile Club of Southern California, told City News Service.
— City News Service