Love to drive but hate the gas prices? It is not going to get any better any time soon here in New York State. The prices change more than the weather it seems these days.

Just when we were all enjoying a bit of a reprieve from the extreme prices, there is word this week that the prices are about to surge again around The Empire State! The reason? OPEC is making a few changes to their production.

This is not good news headed to the fall mid-term elections. I have said for years that people essentially vote with their pocketbook and wallet. No matter which side of the aisle you fall on, the gas prices and inflation hit hard. Here in New York, we will be seeing a switch to more efficient E vehicles. But that won't be for a few years. The majority of drivers have gas powered vehicles and with the Holiday travel season looming, going over the river and through the woods to grandmas house will get pricey!

The last time I filled my truck, I paid $3.45 a gallon at Walmart in Springville, New York. That is actually a deal these days. However, I remember paying UNDER $1 a gallon at the beginning of the pandemic on the Reservation.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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