Despite rise in gas prices, California residents continue to drive 

Like we noted on Sunday, it takes a lot to get California drivers out of their vehicles, and the latest state gasoline consumption numbers back that statement up.

Despite a six percent hike in state gas prices, vehicle fuel consumption still rose by 2.6 percent from November 2009 to November 2010, according to California Board of Equalization.

Prices went from $3.01 in November 2009 to $3.20 in November 2010 in California, a total that is 30 cents more than the national average. Still, people continue to drive more in the state. In fact, diesel consumption rose by nearly five percent, according to the BOE reports.

The November 2010 fuel consumption data is the most recent month compiled by the BOE. December 2010 statistics will come out sometime next month.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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