SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of gas in San Diego county is up to $3.53 per gallon. That's up from 11 cents last week and the highest amount since March 6, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
"According to Oil Price Information Service, fuel demand on the West Coast is 20% lower than a year ago and gas stations have seen their traffic and revenue reduced, giving them more incentive to raise gas prices and keep them at higher levels," said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications manager.
Drivers across the country are also seeing higher prices. GasBuddy reports the national average for a price of regular has risen 19 cents in the past month, to $2.44 per gallon. The average price in California came to $3.40 a gallon on Wednesday, the highest in the U.S.
In addition, California gas stations are about to make their annual switch from winter to summer-blended fuel, which is more expensive.Summer grades cost more because of the oxygenates required in the fuel and refineries have to briefly shut down before processing it.