SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Gas prices in California are now averaging more than $4 a gallon for regular and drivers are paying the highest gas prices in the past five years.

AAA puts the average price of a gallon of regular gas at $4.01. A year ago the average price was $3.55 a gallon.

What’s behind the nearly 50 cent increase? Unexpected and planned maintenance at six of the state’s 10 refineries has led to a reduction in output, according to AAA. In order to make up for the gas shortage, refineries have needed to rely on imports- which means higher transportation costs. Those costs have been passed onto customers.

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California is also in the process of changing over to the “summer blend” which is always more expensive.

Gas Price Averages: 

  • Sacramento: $3.92 vs. $3.45 (2018)
  • Stockton: $3.92 vs. $3.44 (2018)
  • Fairfield: $3.93 vs. $3.48 (2018)
  • Yolo: $3.89 vs. $3.43 (2018)
  • Yuba City: $3.85 vs. $3.35 (2018)
  • Modesto: $3.85 vs. $3.38 (2018)

The highest average price for a gallon of gas:

  • Sacramento: $4.57 on June 17, 2008
  • Stockton: $4.57 on June 19, 2008
  • Fairfield: $4.63 on October 10, 2012
  • Yolo: $4.60 on June 16, 2008
  • Yuba City: $4.59 on June 18, 2008
  • Modesto: $4.55 on October 9, 2012

Nationally, drivers are paying an average of $2.83 a gallon. Alabama has the lowest price per gallon with an average of $2.50.

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