State Gas Prices Start to Decline – California Gas Prices at $4.18 – Down $0.06 in One Week, Says AAA

May 14, 2014 11:00 am · 10 comments

As the busy holiday travel season rapidly approaches, state motorists are finally starting to see a dip in prices at the pump. The average price of gas, which has been creeping up, has now dropped $0.06 in the last week. Today’s average price in the Golden State is $4.18, according to the AAA Northern California monthly gas survey.

Northern California’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $4.15, that’s $0.17 more than last month’s AAA report on April 8. For perspective, California state average gas price is $0.14 higher on this date than it was a year ago.

“Even though today’s prices are higher than a month ago, all metro areas are experiencing a steady decline since last week, which is typical for this time of year, following refinery maintenance before the May 1 deadline to begin producing summer-blend fuel,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “Barring any unforeseen refinery maintenance issues that could push California gas prices up temporarily, state prices should continue to fall as we approach the Memorial Day holiday.”

The national average price per gallon today is $3.64 and has now fallen for 14 straight days, which is the longest streak since prices dropped 36 days in a row from September 1 – October 7 of last year. Another factor keeping downward pressure on prices through the summer is the country’s record high stockpile of gasoline. Due to increased supplies and the relative absence of disruptions in production and distribution, drivers in many states are likely to see prices continue to fall.

Political tensions between in Russia and the Ukraine have kept oil prices elevated, and market analysts suggest it is unlikely that the tensions will ease in the near future. At the close of formal trading on the NYMEX, WTI closed $0.60 higher at $100.59 per barrel. Today marks WTI’s first settlement above $100 after back-to-back settlements below this threshold. Including today’s settlement, WTI has now registered 45 settlements above $100 in 2014 and 45 settlements below.

The least expensive average price in Northern California can be found in Marysville where regular unleaded gasoline is $4.00 per gallon. Of all the metro areas tracked byAAA in Northern California, San Mateo has the high price at $4.26 per gallon of unleaded regular.

AA MonthlyGas PriceAverages: May 2014

City/State/Region Price Change City/State/Region Price Change
NATIONAL 3.59 +.10 SANMATEO 4.29 +.22
CALIFORNIA 4.18 +.13 SANRAFAEL 4.23 +.15
N. CALIFORNIA 4.15 +.17 SANTACRUZ 4.13 +.17
BAYAREA 4.19 +.18 SANTAROSA 4.16 +.18
CHICO 4.03 +.16 S.LAKE TAHOE 4.15 +.20
CONCORD 4.17 +.20 STOCKTON 4.09 +.18
EUREKA 4.37 +.23 TRACY 4.11 +.19
FREMONT 4.13 +.15 UKIAH 4.09 +.26
FRESNO 4.12 +.12 VALLEJO 4.16 +.21
MARYSVILLE 4.00 +.18 YREKA 4.26 +.25
MODESTO 4.06 +.18 Elsewhere…
MONTEREY 4.15 +.17 LAS VEGAS 3.71 +.16
OAKLAND 4.17 +.17 LOS ANGELES 4.22 +.09
PLEASANTON 4.21 +.18 NEWYORK CITY 4.00 +.16
REDDING 4.11 +.21 WASHINGTON, DC 3.84 +.05
SACRAMENTO 4.09 +.19
SALINAS 4.17 +.17
SAN FRANCISCO 4.28 +.19
SANJOSE 4.15 +.15

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 gas online survey available, with over 100,000 self-serve stations surveyed everyday, nationwide.Data is provided in cooperation with OPIS Energy Group.

{ 10 comments }

1 Jojo Potato May 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Even better for me, the price of diesel has dropped to be equal or even below regular gas. With my 42mpg VW Golf TDI (turbo direct injection( life will be good this summer. Whoo hoo!

2 Don P - N. Concord May 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

We go through this every year. The prices go up 20 cents and then drop 10, the trend is always moving up

3 California Nightmare May 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

This data effectively misrepresents the disparity between California and the rest of the country. Why? Because the national average of $3.59 already includes California! If you took California out of the average and just compared it to the average of the other 49 states, The difference would be even more shocking.

California has massive oil reserves that are not been tapped. Why? Because Californians keep on electing far left politicians who pander to the extreme environmental movement. Brown, DeSaulinier, and Bonilla are in that category.

4 ClayDen May 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

@Jojo Potato

So you can use the money you save on diesel for repairs. BTW, I used to own VWs (about 600,000 miles driven in them between my wife and I); the key here is “used to.” You can get almost the same mileage with a gasoline powered Mazda 3 and have better reliability too. I would rather pay a little more at the pump and a lot less for repairs. But if you like the car, go for it.

Zoom Zoom!

5 anon May 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

LIES. MEMORIAL Day is coming up = Raise the prices.

6 Noflow May 14, 2014 at 2:30 PM

WOW! A whole 6 cents!

7 Aspirin May 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Small car+small engine= big gas $avings. Duh.

8 gearhead May 14, 2014 at 4:06 PM

My friend just got back from Austin. Reg unleaded was $3.15/gallon. Bend over California!

9 mwo1859 May 14, 2014 at 4:18 PM

$3.57 today in tavares florida

10 Good Job Mr. President May 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Good job.

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