Gas prices are out of control and it doesn't look like we're going to get a break at the pumps anytime soon.

The U.S. average price for a gallon of gasoline rose 2 1/2 cents from last week to $3.09 per gallon on Monday. Are you freaking kidding me? According to ABC12, The national average is now almost 5 cents higher than a month ago and 92 cents higher than this time last year.

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They're saying that we can only expect to pay more at the pump, especially over the holiday weekend.

If you've read any of my posts in the past, you're well aware that I don't ever look at gas prices. I just pump and go because I feel there's no point in getting all fired up over something that I need and have no control over. That was how I felt until I had to put $70 in my gas tank to fill it up earlier today. After that happened, I started to care just a little bit more. Of course, there's still nothing I can do about it aside from bitching and complaining.

I was also reading somewhere that there were gas shortages in parts of the country as well. They say that a shortage of tanker truck drivers, along with the pandemic-related travel surge, is causing supply chain bottlenecks and shortages. I get that supply is high in demand compared to last year but come on.

Do you want more good news? Gas prices are "predicted" to go up even more for the second half of summer.

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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