LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Soaring gas prices are giving drivers a new round of pain at the pump.READ MORE: Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68 After Battle With Cancer
Fuel prices have risen 25 of the past 26 days in Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to AAA.
At an average of $4.06 a gallon, prices are at their highest point since last summer.READ MORE: VP Kamala Harris Visiting San Bernardino To Tout $600M In Wildfire Recovery Money For Calif.
CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom reports that a gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is $4.93 a gallon at a Shell station in the Miracle Mile district.
It’s not unusual to have price jumps in February, but AAA and the Oil Price Information Service say gas prices were already at record highs.
Motorists across the Southland say they are not only checking prices, but they are also doing their best to conserve gas.MORE NEWS: Malibu's Leo Carrillo State Park Partially Reopens This Weekend; Pacific Coast Highway Down To 1 Lane In Ventura County To Repair Surf Erosion
Analysts say prices are on the rise due to escalating tensions with Iran over its nuclear program, as well as the closings of several California refineries for maintenance.