If you think paying
According to the
Cars in the early 20th century were also much less fuel-efficient.
Add in the fact that there were far fewer gas stations and thus no competition to keep prices low, then it's clear that
Alternately, however, high gas prices did not affect nearly as many Americans in the early 20th century as they do today. According to the now-defunct
The heydays of cheap gas (in terms of real money dollars) were way back in that long-ago era known as the late '90s.
Prices hit rock bottom in 1998, when a gallon cost
There are lots of things about that time period that are better left forgotten (the Spice Girls, for example), but cheap gas is something that most drivers fondly recall, and comparisons between prices then and now inevitably crop up in the minds of drivers old enough to remember (i.e. anyone 28 or older). The perception that gas is more expensive now than ever before also lingers in the minds of those too young to remember the gas shortages of the '70s and the high prices in the early '80s (those under 50).
But the main point is, high gas prices are not a 21st century problem. The price of gasoline each year from 1918 through 2010 averages just about
So while shelling out
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