A tightening gasoline supply and strong consumer demand compared with past years of late-spring driving are steadily pushing up gas prices throughout California, AAA reported Tuesday in its monthly statewide gas survey.
The good news: The pace of price increases at the pumps is slow.
AAA said the statewide average price of unleaded regular statewide on Tuesday was $2.86 a gallon, up only 6 cents from the May 10 survey.
In Northern California, the average was $2.85 a gallon, up 8 cents from May. Sacramento’s average was $2.75 a gallon, also up 8 cents from last month.
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For comparison, unleaded regular was going for an average $3.02 a gallon in San Francisco. The cheapest gas in Northern California is in Marysville, at $2.57 a gallon.
Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman, noted that, while prices are trending upward, Golden State motorists are actually seeing lower fuel costs over the long term. The price of unleaded regular statewide one year ago was $3.54 a gallon.
“Continual overall decrease of fuel costs marks the fourth consecutive year of lower gas prices, spelling a prolonged period of relief for pocketbooks,” Harris said.