The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County topped $5 for the first time Thursday, increasing 8.6 cents to $5.014.
A number of stations in Pasadena are were selling gasoline for less.
Garo Gas at 960 E Washington Blvd. was selling regular for $4.49 and premium for $4.81 and Valero, at 1600 E. Washington Blvd. was selling regular for $4.49 and premium for $4.89 as of late Wednesday, according to GasBuddy.com.
The Mobil just north of the 210 Freeway at 392 N. Lake Ave, however, was at $4.83 for regular and at $5.18 for premium.
The increase in the average price is the largest since the 15.1-cent increase on July 14, 2015, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The record is the 25th in 27 days.
The average price has risen 29 times in 32 days, increasing 34.5 cents, including 3 cents Wednesday. It is 19.2 cents more than one week ago, 29.8 cents higher than one month ago and $1.25 greater than one year ago.
The Automobile Club of Southern California is reminding drivers “to implement fuel efficiency tips into their daily routines,” Doug Shupe, the club’s corporate communications and programs manager, told City News Service, in order to save gas and lower their costs.
Those tips include:keeping vehicles well-maintained such as properly inflated tires, removing excess weight from vehicles that is 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, Shupe said.