Across California, residents awoke to find that gas prices had increased significantly overnight by as much as 20 cents. The average price of regular gas across the state rose to $4.49 a gallon — the highest in the nation. On Monday, Oct. 1, the California average was $4.18.
The Bay Area average is even higher, at $4.52 a gallon. The cheapest gas in Martinez Friday was $4.35 at 7-Eleven on Pacheco Blvd. according to GasBuddy.com. The highest price for gas was at the 76 station at Arthur and Pacheco, where a gallon of regular is $4.85.
The sharp rise has been attributed to decrease supply coming out of California's refineries, including the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
This time ten years ago, in 2002, the average price for gas in California was $1.55 a gallon, according to EnergyAlmanac.ca.gov. Last year, it was $3.82 a gallon.
How will you cope with the increase in prices? Will you drive less? Will you use alternate modes, like a bike? Will you carpool to work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.