The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County resumed increasing Saturday, rising a half-cent to $3.963, its highest amount since Nov. 13, 2019.
A 12-day streak of increases totaling 4.9 cents ended Friday when it was unchanged. It is 2.6 cents higher than one week ago, 9.3 cents more than one month ago and $1.28 greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The average price has risen by 78.7 cents since the start of the year, mainly because of a run of 82 increases in 84 days totaling 70.4 cents that ended March 30.
The large price increase from one year ago is the result of a significant decrease during the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic when driving and demand dropped substantially because of stay-at-home orders intended to reduce the spread of the virus.
The average price is 6.7 cents less than it was on April 24, 2019.