In the event you haven't noticed recently, gas is now around $4 a gallon for regular unleaded and even higher in different portions of San Diego County. And yes, many drivers are not too happy about it.
According to information from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service, your average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County passed $4 for the first time since Nov. 3, going up 2.3 cents to $4.018. The average price has grown 10 of the past 11 days, increasing 30.7 cents over that span, including 1.4 cents on Monday, according to data.
For those not adding up the numbers, the average price is 27.3 cents more than one week ago, 36.8 cents greater than one month ago and 22.5 cents higher than one year ago.
San Diego County is among five regions in California where the average price tops $4, joining Los Angeles County ($4.033), Ventura County ($4.018), Orange County ($4.015) and San Luis Obispo County ($4.012).
Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California told FOX5 that the price hikes are due to high oil prices, Middle East tension, California refinery maintenance issues resulting in reduced supplies, and investors moving their money into the gasoline market “earlier and earlier.”
So, along with many workers finding more money coming out of their paychecks due to higher taxes in 2013, they are now also discovering more pain when they go to fill up.