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Gas prices fall just below $4 across Southern California

June 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Southern California has dropped to just below $4.

The figures are the lowest since February. According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, the dramatic drop in prices is due to a rapid decline in wholesale prices that began last month.

The average price of regular unleaded gas in Los Angeles County has dropped for 32 consecutive days and is at $3.99 a gallon. Orange County drivers are paying an average of $3.94. That's a 13-cent drop since last week for both counties. The Inland Empire is seeing an average price of $3.95 a gallon - a 14-cent drop from last week. Ventura County is down 15 cents at $3.98.

Motorist Carla Smith was filling up at a Pasadena Arco on Monday, and said she's glad for the dip in prices.

"It's a little bit of relief. With the economy the way it is, you need to have extra money anywhere you can get it," said Smith.

Smith said she's been waiting for prices to drop before filling up.

"I'm putting in 20 bucks here, 15 bucks here just to get myself back and forth to work or whatever it is, and now that, you know, it's dropping, it makes it a little bit easier to go ahead and fill up," she said.

Some are already thinking about what they'll do with the extra cash in their pockets.

"The gas prices go low, we take more trips and stuff like that. We can go visit family members in Arizona or Colorado or whatever," said Pasadena resident Elmer Morales.

Experts said drivers shouldn't get too comfortable with the latest numbers, since the market is still volatile and the prices can go right back up.

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