Prices fuel changes for some, not all

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – For Canyon Country motorist Nelva Luna, keeping her BMW sedan moving with gasoline prices at more than $3 a gallon means cutting back another kind of fuel. “No more coffee,” said Luna, 39, as she filled her tank Friday with medium-grade gasoline instead of premium – another compromise. “I need to save money for gas.” With gasoline prices at more than $3.23 a gallon on average at local stations, drivers have made slight lifestyle changes to cope with sticker shock at the pump. Take Darrell Daniels, 51, who commutes about 80 miles a day between his home in Palmdale and work in Valencia. He has parked his GMC Sierra pickup and is driving his Chrysler PT Cruiser more. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“I can’t drive that every day,” he said of the pickup, which costs more than $60 to fill up, compared with $45 for his Cruiser. “It’s outrageous. More gas, more money.” The lowest-priced regular in Santa Clarita on Friday was $3.13 at stations on San Fernando Road and Sierra Highway. According to the American Automobile Association, the average for a gallon of regular in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area was a record-setting $3.23, compared with $2.60 a gallon a year ago. Statewide, a gallon of regular averaged $3.21. Factors such as crude trading at more than $70 a barrel, confrontation with Iran and refineries switching to summer formulation have been cited as causes for the price spike. But Daniels wasn’t completely convinced. “Doesn’t the president have something to do with it?” Still, even record gas prices can’t keep some people away. Richard Benedict, 46, spent about $125 at the pump fueling his 32-foot recreation vehicle. He’s preparing for an eight-day trip next week to Moab, Utah. “I can’t let it bother me,” Benedict of Canyon Country said. “I just have to go. Just budget yourself. I only plan to spend so much.” Benedict purchased the RV about three years ago, and he said it was worth every penny. “I have a young son that’s 10,” he said. “We like to fish and ride motorbikes. To me it’s worth it.” But it’s not so bad for Raymond Scheideman, 68, of Northridge, who was filling up his Yamaha motorcycle for a scenic ride down Little Tujunga Canyon Road. It was $11.65 total for about 3.3 gallons. “I feel sorry for him,” he said, watching Benedict at the pump. “But my biggest concern are my great-great-great-grandchildren. What are they going to do? I guess they could get motorcycles.” Robert Houghton, 57, of Newhall has been consolidating his trips – that means no fun rides in his minivan. “I get everything at one go,” he said. But then, high prices are all relative for the Birmingham, England, native. “I’m ready for sticker shock when I go visit,” he said. “I hear it’s $8 a gallon.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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