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Gas prices increasing nationwide after weeks of decline

January 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Drivers across the country are seeing a steady rise in prices at the pump.

The cost of gas has increased for 18 consecutive days. Before the surge, prices fell for 42 days straight.

Los Angeles is one of the cities with the most expensive gas prices. Experts say the hike comes from higher crude oil prices, which pulled up wholesale gas prices.

Drivers say they're feeling the pinch at the pump.

"I thought I was doing OK when I was putting like $40 or $50 in there, but that don't work no more. You just got to get what you can and sit at home as much as you can," said Fred Busby of Highland Park.

"It makes a big difference because those few pennies add up," said David Jackson of Los Angeles.

Experts say that even if the price of crude oil stays steady, motorists will likely still see an increase of a few more cents as retailers pass over to drivers all the hikes they've received.

The Automobile Club of Southern California released the latest numbers for regular gas:

  • In the L.A./Long Beach area gas is $3.73 a gallon.

  • In Orange County gas is $3.72 a gallon.

  • In the Riverside/San Bernardino area gas is $3.71 a gallon.

  • In Ventura County, drivers are paying $3.71 a gallon.

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