Brace yourself, Californians.
The statewide average price of gasoline has soared over $4 per gallon in recent weeks – and now at least four stations there are charging more than $5, according to fuel-savings app GasBuddy.
That comes as the national average price of gas continues its customary spring climb as Memorial Day approaches.
The national average hit $2.90 on Friday, up 20 cents from a month ago and 8 cents more than a year ago, according to AAA.
California is a big reason for the spike in the national average. The state’s average price of $4.09 is up 44 cents from a month ago and 46 cents from a year ago, according to AAA.
On the state’s east side, Mono County is averaging $4.85, according to AAA. GasBuddy reports that two stations in that county are charging more than $5.
In the San Francisco area, prices are averaging $4.21. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach region, prices are averaging $4.12.
No wonder hybrid and electric vehicles are popular in California.
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Refinery outages, increased taxes and the national uptick in gas prices have fueled California’s surge, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, which tracks real-time data from more than 150,000 gas stations throughout the country.
“California’s right on the cusp of hitting a peak,” he said.
Nationally, the average is “knocking on the doorstep” of hitting $3 for the first time since October 2014, though it’s likely to fall short, DeHaan said
In California, it’s bad, but not as bad as it could be. The state’s record high average was $4.65 at one point in 2012, according to GasBuddy. The national record high was $4.11 in July 2008, according to AAA.
Looking to save? Think carefully about when you fill up.
Nationally, Monday is the cheapest day to get fuel, while Friday is the most expensive, according to a recent GasBuddy study.
In California, Monday is the best, and Sunday is the worst.
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