Gas prices are cheapest on this day

Roman Schwartz
April 10, 2019

In the past month, the price of a gallon of self-serve regular in Los Angeles County have risen 55.2 cents over 30 consecutive days to $3.911 - the highest it's been since August 2015.

There's no doubt drivers have noticed the jump at the gas pump, with average gasoline prices in the US up 50 cents per gallon since January.

The average price of gas in California as of Monday is $3.76 a gallon - 25.4 cents higher than the same time past year, according to GasBuddy.

While Monday is the best day on average nationwide to fill up, Friday is the worst day.

Analysts blame the price hikes on unplanned refinery maintenance at several locations. In Seattle, gas was averaging $3.07 one month ago.

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Sacramento County prices remain near the American Automobile Association's $3.80 state average.

The only caveat with the Monday rule appeared to be that prices could tick up a bit by mid afternoon, so the best time to fill up is first thing in the morning - perhaps on your way to work. The most expensive place in the state was Furnace Creek, in the Death Valley area, where gas was selling for $5.01 a gallon, according to DeHaan.

According to, a crowd-sourcing website that analyzes national trends and allows motorists to report their findings at stations on the road, Monday morning is the cheapest time to fill up your gas tank.

The high prices will last at least another week or two, before they'll start coming back down, DeHaan said.

"Gas prices are increasing across the country, but these changes vary by region", said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

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