AAA: Claycord Gas Prices at $3.56 – Lower Prices Expected

December 12, 2013 10:00 am · 14 comments

Prices at the pump continue to move downward in Claycord and throughout Northern California as the year comes to an end, according to AAA of NorCal.

The following information is from AAA:

California motorists are now paying $0.02 cents less than a month ago, as the state average price drops to $3.59 per gallon of unleaded regular gasoline, according to the AAA Northern California monthly gas survey.

Northern California’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.54, that’s $0.05 cents cheaper than the state average, and a decrease of $0.05 since last month’s AAA report on November 12, 2013. For perspective, gas prices today are $ 0.04 less than California’s average price on this date last year. New York and Connecticut are tied for recording the highest contiguous state average price for regular unleaded gasoline at $3.66.

“Gas prices statewide moved lower following the end of the summer driving season and Thanksgiving,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “Plentiful supplies, flat demand and falling crude oil prices combined for welcome relief at the pump for motorists for the upcoming holidays.”

The national average price of gasoline has fallen nine of 12 days since Thanksgiving. This follows a streak of 15 consecutive daily increases leading up to the holiday.  Today’s national average price at the pump is $3.26, that’s $0.08 cents higher than last month’s AAA report on November 12, but it is fractions of a penny less expensive than one week ago and remains $0.08 less than the same date last year.

After 15 straight weeks above $100 per barrel, WTI begins its eighth consecutive week below this threshold, even after settling higher every day last week on positive economic news, including a rosier than expected job report on Friday that built on bullish global indicators earlier in the week.  A stronger economy–both domestically and overseas–puts upward pressure on crude oil prices as more robust economies are expected to use more oil.

After closing last week with the highest settlement since October, the price of WTI pulled back slightly today.  At the close of formal trading on the NYMEX, WTI settled $0.31 lower at $97.34 per barrel.

The least expensive average price in Northern California can be found in Marysville where regular unleaded gasoline is $3.43 per gallon. Of all the metro areas in Northern California, where gas prices are tracked by AAA, Eureka has the highest average price at $3.74. The highest average price of gas tracked by AAA in the nation is in Hawaii. The price there is $3.93 per gallon. The lowest price, at $2.91 per gallon, can be found in Missouri.

AAA Monthly Gas Price Averages: December, 2013

City/State/Region Price Monthly Change City/State/Region Price Monthly Change
NATIONAL  3.26   +.08 SAN MATEO  3.66  -.07
CALIFORNIA  3.59   -.02 SAN RAFAEL  3.57  -.05
N. CALIFORNIA  3.54  - .05 SANTA CRUZ  3.56  -.09
BAY AREA  3.57  -.07 SANTA ROSA  3.54  -.10
CHICO  3.48  -.06 S. LAKE TAHOE  3.48  -.03
CONCORD  3.56  -.08 STOCKTON  3.45    NC
EUREKA  3.74  -.13 TRACY  3.47    NC
FREMONT  3.55  -.03 UKIAH  3.53  -.12
FRESNO  3.51  -.07 VALLEJO  3.51  -.08
MARYSVILLE  3.43  +.01 YREKA  3.61  -.16
MODESTO  3.45    = Elsewhere…    
MONTEREY  3.54  -.01 LAS VEGAS  3.21  -.05
OAKLAND  3.56  -.07 LOS ANGELES  3.65  +.01
PLEASANTON  3.55  -.08 NEW YORK CITY  3.71  +.12
REDDING  3.52  -.10 WASHINGTON, DC  3.52  +.15
SACRAMENTO  3.47  -.02      
SALINAS  3.57  -.04      
SAN FRANCISCO  3.66  -.08      
SAN JOSE  3.55  -.04      


To get the best mileage possible, AAA recommends keeping tires at the proper pressure suggested by the vehicle manufacturer, performing routine maintenance and making sure fluids are clean and belts and hoses are in good repair. The way you drive can also impact fuel economy. Smooth driving to avoid sudden stops and starts, combining trips and lightening your load also helps conserve gasoline.

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report is the most comprehensive retail gasoline survey available, with over 100,000 self-serve stations surveyed every day, nationwide. Data is provided in cooperation with OPIS Energy Group and Wright Express.

AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to over 4.1 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 100 years ago.


1 Ricardoh December 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

If you eat and buy groceries at Safeway you can easily get twenty to forty cents off of a gallon a gas at the Safeway who have a low price on gas for a start.

2 Sacto Rob December 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Some observations: Please note that gas prices FALL uniformly just as they rise uniformly. That’s because gasoline price changes are triggered by market (supply and demand) forces, and not some Dick Cheney-led conspiracy to fix prices.
Note that gasoline prices have steadily dropped in recent months, including over the very busy Thanksgiving travel period. Bear that in mind the next time some wanna-be conspiracy theorist starts ranting about how “all the oil companies are going to push up the prices just before the holidays.” Sometimes it seems that way, but nope. Market forces.
Please also bear in mind that when gas prices do start to go back up, Liberal politicians will start lining up announcing how they’re launching investigations into the “obvious price fixing” by the oil companies and garnering themselves headlines. Then when the report comes out a few weeks or months later showing yet again that there was no conspiracy to fix prices, those same politicians won’t even bother to report the results.

3 anon December 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

i have definitely been getting gas for $3.35 lately in Concord, where have you been going?

4 Concord Grape December 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM

And don’t forget the Winter Blend/Summer Blend garbage they use to up the prices.

5 The Mamba December 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

To take advantage of this, we should all drive our cars around as much as possible to use up the expensive gas.

6 Julie December 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I just drove by Rotten Robbie and Safeway (PH), and it’s $3.36 or $3.39.

Waiting for it to be even lower……

7 Hank December 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

@Sacto Rob
Thank you for your expert analysis.
You forgot to mention the massive spikes in oil prices that coincided with our invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iraq where completely independent of our military’s actions. It may have seemed like they were related, but nope. Market forces.

8 Drill Baby, Drill December 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Meanwhile, owners of electric vehicles are failing to pay their fair share of using public roads.

Gosh, doesn’t that make you feel green all over?

9 Jay R December 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM

When gas prices go up it’s only because of the policies of the POTUS but when the price go down it’s because of market forces. We blame the president only when the gas price go up. I read it here so it must be true..

10 ken December 12, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Still too damn high. Build more refineries….

11 Jim December 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

This will help offset the $8 a gallon milk since Harry Reid will not extend the dairy farm subsidies

12 Craig December 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

I’d like to see gas under $3.00 a gallon, but I doubt we’ll see it in CA. Any decrease helps.

13 Gimli December 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM

#8 Drill, is wrong. Only 22.7% of gas tax, tolls, and fees make up road spending in California. Source: Please name your source.

14 Connie Dobbs December 13, 2013 at 7:36 AM

#11, Dairy farmers would have figured out how to produce milk more cheaply if they hadn’t been subsidized.

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