Sticker shock greets consumers when filling up

If you have not filled up lately, beware of sticker shock when you do. Average gasoline prices in Riverside have risen 62.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $6.19/g today, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 481 stations in Riverside.

Prices in Riverside are 107.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.89/g higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has declined 2.9 cents in the last week and stands at $4.86 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Riverside was priced at $4.89/g yesterday while the most expensive was $6.89/g, a difference of $2.00/g. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $4.77/g while the highest was $7.79/g, a difference of $3.02/g.

The national average price of gasoline has risen 11.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.78/g today. The national average is up 0.4 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 59.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Historical gasoline prices in Riverside and the national average going back ten years:

  • October 3, 2021: $4.30/g (U.S. Average: $3.18/g)
  • October 3, 2020: $3.13/g (U.S. Average: $2.17/g)
  • October 3, 2019: $4.15/g (U.S. Average: $2.67/g)
  • October 3, 2018: $3.73/g (U.S. Average: $2.91/g)
  • October 3, 2017: $3.03/g (U.S. Average: $2.52/g)
  • October 3, 2016: $2.75/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)
  • October 3, 2015: $2.96/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g)
  • October 3, 2014: $3.64/g (U.S. Average: $3.31/g)
  • October 3, 2013: $3.84/g (U.S. Average: $3.36/g)
  • October 3, 2012: $4.20/g (U.S. Average: $3.78/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

  • San Bernardino — $6.11/g, up 55.0 cents per gallon from last week’s $5.56/g.
  • Orange County — $6.30/g, up 55.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $5.74/g.
  • Los Angeles — $6.31/g, up 63.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $5.68/g.

“With gas prices continuing to surge on the West Coast and Great Lakes, the national average saw its second straight weekly rise. But at the same time, areas of the Northeast and Gulf Coast have continued to see declines as the nation experiences sharp differences in trends between regions,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Some West Coast states saw prices rise 35 to 55 cents per gallon in the last week as refinery issues continued to impact gasoline supply, which fell to its lowest level in a decade in the region, causing prices to skyrocket. While I’m hopeful there will eventually be relief, prices could go a bit higher before cooling off. In addition, OPEC could decide to cut oil production by a million barrels as the global economy slows down, potentially creating a catalyst that could push gas prices up further.”

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