SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – If Mondays weren’t bad enough, drivers across the Bay Area are all waking up to exploding gas prices.

Californians are paying as much as 40 cents more today than a week or two ago.

The Golden State always pays more than other places in the county, where the national average is $3.70 per gallon.

The prices in the Bay Area show the massive difference from week to week: Oakland was $5.56 last week, today it’s $5.91.

San Francisco’s average was $5.70 last week, now it’s $6.05.

Experts say we are paying so much here in California for many reasons, including gas taxes and also the blends that are required here.

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Motorist Gordon Miller, who said he is around 70, said that “When I got out of the army in the 50s I had a beetle. It cost me about $3 for the whole week.”