Early in the pandemic, drivers saw lower gas prices, but now the cost of gas appears to be on the rise. Michele Gile reports.
- Well, early in the pandemic, drivers saw lower gas prices. But now that the economy is starting to open up, gas prices are going up as well. KCAL 9 Orange County reporter Michele Gile has a look at why the cost of gas is on the rise.
- It's ridiculous. Who can go anywhere?
- It's horrible.
FRANK FERRINI: I'm kind of embarrassed sometimes to go in and say, "$10 worth of gas?"
MICHELE GILE: But that's exactly what Frank Ferrini did this afternoon at an Arco in Laguna Woods. With gas over the $4 a gallon mark, he's penny-pinching to fill up his gas-guzzling SUV, and will head to a cheaper station to top off his tank.
FRANK FERRINI: I'm here for $10 worth of gas, so I go to my other gas station where it's a lot cheaper.
MICHELE GILE: How much cheaper?
FRANK FERRINI: I think it's-- over there, it's $2.387. And I think this is what? $4.17, so it's quite a bit.
MICHELE GILE: Prices at the pump keep climbing, and now average $3.99 in LA County for a gallon of self-serve regular. That's up 2.7% a gallon from a week ago, 9 and 1/2 cents from a month ago, and up $1.08 compared to this same time last year.
It's why Chuck Thompson always chooses his motorcycle for the commute from Corona to Irvine.
- What'd you buy, man?
MICHELE GILE: He's the sales manager at Orange County Harley-Davidson. His Jeep Cherokee sits in the driveway Monday through Friday to cut down on expenses.
CHUCK THOMPSON: So in gas a week in my car, I'd probably put about $80 to $85 at the gas prices right now. And that takes regular unleaded. My Harley takes premium 91, and I could fill it up for about $20, and I can ride the entire week for my entire five-day workweek here. So I'm saving about $60, roughly $65 a week in gas.
MICHELE GILE: Experts say the price of oil is a major factor in our current prices. There's also California's springtime switch to the more expensive summer blend gasoline.
- Supply and demand? I don't think so. I'm just very irritated.
MICHELE GILE: In Lake Forest, Michele Gile, KCAL 9 News.