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See how far you can drive from Sacramento today on $50 worth of gas

By Phillip Reese - preese@sacbee.com

In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, photo, motorists get gas at a Costco station in Sacramento, Calif. Fuel experts, economists and consumer advocates appeared at a hearing of the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, to discuss why California gas prices are consistently higher than the national average.
In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, photo, motorists get gas at a Costco station in Sacramento, Calif. Fuel experts, economists and consumer advocates appeared at a hearing of the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, to discuss why California gas prices are consistently higher than the national average. AP

Sacramento gas prices have fallen to an average of $2.20 per gallon, the lowest level in seven years, according to tracking firm gasbuddy.com.

That, of course, means that local drivers can get a lot further on a single tank of gas.

A driver leaving from Sacramento three years ago with $50 worth of gas in a car that gets 24 miles to the gallon would have barely made it to Bakersfield. That's when gas was nearly $4 a gallon.

Today, at current gas prices, that same driver could get all the way to Tijuana.

In fact, $50 today would get drivers to the borders of six different states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

This map shows how far a vehicle that gets 24 miles per gallon (the national average for passenger cars) could travel from Sacramento on $50 worth of gas.

Driving from Sacramento on $50 worth of gas:

Source:The $50 American Road Trip via howmuch.net, a price tracking firm.

Note: Even though gas prices are low, they are still about 75 cents per gallon higher in California than the national average, leading some consumer advocates to claim that the oil industry is price gouging.

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