If you found your wallet a little lighter at the end of 2012, your driving may have something to do with that.
AAA reports that 2012 was the most expensive year on record for gas prices with a national average of $3.60.
The year before, 2011, takes second place with an average of $3.51 and 2008 comes in third with an average of $3.25.
“Record high gas prices have made this the most expensive year yet for motorists,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic in a press release. “Factors as volatile as major hurricanes, refinery outages and tension in the Middle East resulted in significant frustration for people filling up their cars.”
Pennsylvania was not one of the most expensive states for gas, nor was it one of the cheapest.
According to AAA, the most expensive states were:
- Hawaii: $4.31
- Alaska: $4.09
- California: $4.03)
- New York: $3.90)
- Connecticut: $3.90
The cheapest annual averages were found in
- South Carolina: $3.35
- Missouri: $3.38
- Mississippi: $3.39
- Tennessee: $3.40
- Oklahoma: $3.41
Did high gas prices change how you drive in 2012? Are you making changes for 2013? Tell us in the comments area below.