Local gas prices remain amongst the highest in the nation, according to the price tracking website gasbuddy.com.
The average cost of regular unleaded in Santa Barbara County increased $.31 — from $3.80 to $4.11 per gallon — since the beginning of the month. The county average is currently $.52 higher than the national average of $3.59.
According to Janaye Culton, a second-year visual journalism major at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, the rising prices have altered her day-to-day schedule.
“I moved to Isla Vista thinking commuting would not be a big deal when gas was just over three dollars and now it is over four,” Culton said. “Because I commute so much I spend more time at my mom’s house, which is closer to campus. That way I do not have to drive as much.”
Stations with the highest prices per gallon of regular unleaded are the Mobil on the corner of Hollister Avenue and Turnpike Road at $4.29 and The Village Service Station in Santa Barbara at $4.35. Educated Car Wash on State Street and Hitchcock Way offers the county’s cheapest price at $3.84 per gallon.
Diesel prices have also risen. The most expensive station, Chevron at Coast Village Road and Coast Village Circle, tops off at $4.59 per gallon.