For the first time in more than a year, most Southern California motorists are paying $3 a gallon for gasoline.
The Automobile Club’s Fuel Gauge blames a combination of factors led by a situation of tight supplies. “The situation comes in advance of the April 1 deadline to switch from using winter blend to summer blend gasoline, and that activity, combined with some planned and unplanned refinery maintenance, is pushing prices higher,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.
Pump prices have risen more than 7-cents in just the past week.
In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is 18 cents more than this time last month, and 52 cents more than last year.