Bay Area drivers already saw a double-digit jump in prices at the gas pump after the August 6 fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. Now drivers are being told to prepare for another boost in gas prices.
Hurricane Isaac is expected to bring higher gas prices to the nation, even as it pounds the Gulf Coast, according to CNN. Isaac stalled over New Orleans late Tuesday before heading further inland, causing more damage than originally expected. There was some concern Isaac could cause minor disruptions to the fuel supply, but the increase in gas prices was not expected to last long.
According to the latest report from AAA Northern California, "every metro area in Northern California saw a double-digit jump in its average price over the past month of at least 28 cents." AAA reports a 40-cent increase since July 10.
Marin Gas & Auto Service station in downtown Larkspur had been holding steady at just under the $4 barrier for regular unleaded gasoline. That changed Monday and the price is now $4.05. Larkspur Econogas on Redwood Highway is another deal at $4.09. Prices at other gas stations in the Larkspur and Corte Madera areas range between $4.05 and $4.37, after a quick tour of the area.
According to AAA, Among all 50 states, California has the second highest state average price for regular, unleaded gasoline. Hawaii is first at $4.17.
“The recent fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond has created a short-term spike in gas prices across many parts of the Pacific Northwest and Nevada,” said AAA Northern California spokesperson Cynthia Harris. “It still remains to be seen how long the impact of the fire will be felt. Meanwhile, across the United States, positive economic news has been putting upward pressure on oil prices.”
To get the best mileage possible, AAA recommends keeping tires at the proper pressure suggested by the vehicle manufacturer, performing routine maintenance and making sure fluids are clean and belts and hoses are in good repair. The way you drive can also impact fuel economy. Smooth driving to avoid sudden stops and starts, combining trips and lightening your load also help conserve gasoline.
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