Southern California residents are feeling the pinch again after weeks of decline. Gasoline prices have risen for 20 consecutive days, indicating that the pump is now in pain.
Los Angeles residents experienced an average 17-cent increase in their monthly income over the past week. Many are looking for relief.
Marlon Osorto, a driver who was forced to fill up despite an increase in price, said that “I just don’t see it getting any worse.” “They must do something quickly.”
Prices began to rise in September, ending a trend that saw prices drop in 78 days out of 80 this summer.
It’s difficult to between rent and food. It’s difficult right now,” stated Pedram Davoodian who was another driver filling up at the Arco station in Studio City.
Experts say prices won’t fall for several more weeks due to unplanned maintenance at local refineries and waiting for shipments from overseas. AAA noted that gasoline inventories on the west coast are at their lowest point in over a decade.
Doug Shupe, AAA Corporate Communications and Programs Manager, stated, “When our refineries have an issue, such as some unplanned maintenance that must happen, then we need to wait for that product from overseas.” It causes pump prices to rise. Globally, crude oil prices face a lot of pressure right currently.
He stated that economic concerns, the ongoing war in Ukraine, and Hurricane season are some of the factors driving the price increase. However, he did say that there should be some relief as California’s refineries will switch from the summer blend to the winter blend of gasoline. This change is expected to occur in November.
He stated that winter blend fuel is more affordable to make than summer fuel and typically costs 15 to 20 cents per gallon less.
AAA recommends that drivers who want to get the most from their gasoline use regular maintenance. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, and keep to a safe speed, especially on freeways.