COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Monday marked the 1,000th consecutive day that Ohio's average gasoline price has been above $3.00 per-gallon.
Auto club AAA on Monday released a report on the record-setting streak that began on Dec. 22, 2010. The national average of $3.00 per-gallon or more reached the 1,000 day mark on Tuesday. This is the longest stretch of time on record that gas prices have been above $3.00 per gallon.
AAA President Bob Darbelnet said that the auto club forecasts the national average will remain above $3.00 per gallon for at least another thousand days, barring a major economic recession.
Gas prices, on average, have remained above $3.50 per gallon for the majority of days during the current streak.
Gas prices first surged above $3.00 per-gallon in the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Previously in Ohio, the longest streak above $3.00 per gallon was 236 days, from Feb. 19 to Oct. 12, 2008.
Since this record-breaking streak began, consumers will have paid a national average of:
¬∑ $3.25 per gallon or higher for 913 days
¬∑ $3.50 per gallon or higher for 643 days
¬∑ $3.75 per gallon or higher for 189 days
¬∑ $4.00 per gallon or higher for 0 days
Ohio consumers have paid an average of:
¬∑ $3.25 per gallon or higher 869 days
¬∑ $3.50 per gallon or higher 568 days
¬∑ $3.75 per gallon or higher 201 days
¬∑ $4.00 per gallon or higher 15 days