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Old 11-04-2013, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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(Just for fun.) I started driving in April 1984. I have been driving for 355 months. Gas was $ 0.869 in April 1984. Today it is $3.299. That's a $2.43 increase (averaged out) in 355 months or $0.006845 per month. (Yes I have too much time on my hands)
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: SW France
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I had to look up what the price of petrol (gas) was when I started driving in 1976.

It was £0.77p per Imperial gallon.

It's now £6.00 per gallon.

That means it has gone up 780% in 37 years.

That current price converts (using $1.60 to £1) to $7.68 per US gallon.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I started driving at 17, in April of 1974 and it was around 80 cents a gallon (for the premium leaded) It was shortly after the OPEC oil embargo ended sometime earlier in 1974 and when gas prices shot up to that level, everyone panicked.. and started buying smaller and more economical automobiles.

Some day, we'll be thinking about the price we're paying now, about $3.30 per gallon, which is very high, and we'll wish gas prices were that "low".. in comparison to what we'll most likely be paying 10-20 years from now..
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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They've "gone" up quite a bit. A quart of oil has gone up even more!
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:17 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Up $3.34 based on todays prices where I live.
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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I started my first car in 1976 and gas was around 60 cents a gallon. But considering what I made then, gas cost me roughly 15 mins of work since I made around $2.30 an hour. At today's price of $3.25, gas cost me roughly 5 minutes of work per gallon since I make much more. Also, the first car I drove which was a 1968 Pontiac Catalina that had a 400 inch engine got about 8 miles to one gallon and the car I have now, a Ford Explorer, gets about 20 miles to one gallon.
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:30 PM
 
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I started driving at 17, in April of 1974 and it was around 80 cents a gallon (for the premium leaded) It was shortly after the OPEC oil embargo ended sometime earlier in 1974 and when gas prices shot up to that level, everyone panicked.. and started buying smaller and more economical automobiles.

Some day, we'll be thinking about the price we're paying now, about $3.30 per gallon, which is very high, and we'll wish gas prices were that "low".. in comparison to what we'll most likely be paying 10-20 years from now..
I think we will be paying less in 10 years. More and more oil is being found every year and less and less of it is being consumed by vehicles.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I sort of started driving in 1971 long before I was 16. Once a month we would take several 55 gal drums to the bulk plant where if I remember right we paid 29 cents a gal to fill. In 1972 we formed a gas co-op complete with a shiny new self serve gas pump. On the side of the pump was about 50 meters each with it's own key. My mom did the billing and there was a person that hauled the gas 16 miles from the bulk plant. They each got a couple cents a gal for their services so that raised the price to 35 cents a gal. The local gas stations were charging around 75 cents a gal.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:26 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I don't have time to do the figuring, but I think gas in my area cost around $.40-.45 per gallon when I started driving in 1974, at age 20.

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Old 11-04-2013, 03:35 PM
 
Location: In a happy place
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I always bought gas for the car at (x price) per gallon, not (x price) per month. It is just since we went on the budget plan for natural gas for heating, cooking, etc. that we pay (x price) per month.
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