The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego was $2.158 per gallon, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.
The Auto Club reported Feb. 18 that the price was 5.9 cents higher than it was in the prior week, 16 cents higher than last month and 22 cents higher than last year.
Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp attributed the price hike to tight supplies caused by the “annual turnaround” at California refineries. That is the period when oil companies perform maintenance and complete the switch from a winter-grade to a summer-grade product.
Coupled with that was an increase in crude oil prices; Thorp said investors “are unsettled by continued instability in the Middle East.”
The Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:01 a.m. on Fridays.