San Diego County residents are paying an average of $4.833 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline after increasing by 2.1 cents on Saturday.
This is the third consecutive increase of over 2 cents.
The average price has risen 23 times in the past 27 days, setting nine records in 11 days.
According to the American Automotive Association and Oil Price Information Service, the price of gasoline increased 20.9 cents, including 2.9 cents on Friday which was the largest increase since Oct. 2, 2019.
It is 9.2 cents more than one week ago, 21.4 cents higher than one month ago, and $1.14 greater than one year ago.
According to the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications and programs manager Doug Shupe, the escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine into an all-out war has pushed up Brent crude prices above $100 a barrel.
“If that trend continues, we could see gas prices start going up more quickly,” Shupe said.
Shupe said this week’s U.S Emergency Information Administration report indicates that West Coast gasoline supplies are at their lowest levels of 2022, which could further exacerbate upward price pressure.
The following steps are recommended by the Automobile Club of Southern California to implement fuel efficiency in daily routines, including:
—keeping vehicles well-maintained such as properly inflated tires, removing excess weight from vehicles that are not needed for trips;
—avoiding jackrabbit starts and not speeding;
—parking in the shade or using a window sunscreen to lessen heat build-up in your vehicle;
—combining errands into fewer trips per day, and;
—shopping around for the cheapest gas by looking for less expensive gas stations that aren't too far out of your way.