RIVERSIDE — After several consecutive weeks of dropping prices at the gas pump, motorists are seeing a slight bump as they prepare to travel for the long holiday weekend.

Gasoline prices in Riverside experienced a 1 cent bump per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.29 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 481 stations in Riverside. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.31 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.

Average gasoline prices on December 24 in Riverside have ranged widely over the last five years with more than a bump here and there:$3.02 per gallon in 2017, $2.66 per gallon in 2016, $2.86 per gallon in 2015, $2.65 per gallon in 2014 and $3.59 per gallon in 2013.

Including the bump locally during the past week, prices yesterday were 26.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 24.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 23.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.2 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Areas near Riverside and their current gas price climate:

  • San Bernardino — $3.29 per gallon, down 2.0 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.31 per gallon.
  • Orange County — $3.38 per gallon, unchanged  from last week’s $3.38 per gallon.
  • Los Angeles — $3.41 per gallon, up 0.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.41 per gallon.

“Gas prices broadly continue to move lower across much of the country as oil prices continue to melt away,” Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said in a prepared statement.

Not every state has experienced a bump.

“Thirty-one states now are seeing at least one price under $2 per gallon while the most common price seen across the land has dropped to $1.99 per gallon, with over a quarter of stations in the U.S. under that psychologically important level,” DeHaan said. “Americans are spending $225 million less every day on gasoline than they did some 75 days ago.”

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