Gas sets new record in SLO County again — but here’s where to find the cheapest

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San Luis Obispo County gas prices jumped to new highs again this week, skyrocketing beyond $6 per gallon for the first time since the Ukrainian crisis sent prices soaring.

On Thursday, the region’s average price of gas reached a new peak: According to AAA, which monitors and tracks gas prices across the nation, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in San Luis Obispo County was $6.25 as of Thursday — breaking the region’s previous record.

The average price of a gallon diesel was also at a record high, according to AAA, costing $6.79 as of Thursday.

According to AAA, since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by about 10 cents to $4.58, as tighter supply and increased demand pushed pump prices higher.

AAA estimated that this “supply/demand dynamic combined with volatile crude prices, will likely continue to keep upward pressure on pump prices.”

Gas at the Shell Station on Madonna Road was well above $6 on Thursday, May 19, 2022, across all grades.
Gas at the Shell Station on Madonna Road was well above $6 on Thursday, May 19, 2022, across all grades.

Where to find cheapest gas in SLO County

According to GasBuddy.com, San Luis Obispo County’s average cost of a gallon of regular gas jumped 12 cents since Sunday, ending on an average of $6.11 per gallon on Thursday.

GasBuddy also tracks prices at local stations, with crowd-sourced price data showing the most expensive and least expensive stations throughout the area.

Gas at the Valero Station at South Higuera Street and Madonna Road was mostly above $6 on Thursday, May 19, 2022, across all grades.
Gas at the Valero Station at South Higuera Street and Madonna Road was mostly above $6 on Thursday, May 19, 2022, across all grades.

The most expensive gas in San Luis Obispo County was at the Shell station in Shell Beach and the Chevron in Templeton, both of which were charging $6.79 per gallon as of Thursday, according to GasBuddy.com.

Though prices may be inching up toward $7 per gallon at some stations, at others, the price is still below $6.

Here are the four cheapest gas station in San Luis Obispo County:

  • Fastrip Fuel and Wayside Liquors, Paso Robles: $5.65

  • Speedway Express, Paso Robles: $5.69

  • Sinclair, Morro Bay: $5.73

  • Stagecoach Liquor, Atascadero: $5.73