The national average price of gasoline will surpass $3.00 per gallon tomorrow for the 1,000th consecutive day for the first time on record, according to AAA.
The current streak began on Dec. 23, 2010. AAA forecasts the national average will remain above $3.00 per gallon for at least another thousand days barring a major economic recession.
Monday's national average is $3.52 per gallon.
Gas prices on average have remained above $3.50 per gallon for the majority of days during the current streak, and AAA projects the national average will remain higher than $3.50 per gallon tomorrow.
Since the current streak began, consumers will have paid a national average of:
• $3.25 per gallon or higher for 913 total days
• $3.50 per gallon or higher for 643 total days
• $3.75 per gallon or higher for 189 total days
• $4.00 per gallon or higher for 0 days
Gas prices first surged above $3.00 per gallon for eight days immediately following Hurricane Katrina from Sept. 3-10, 2005.
The longest previous streak above $3.00 per gallon was for 244 days from Feb. 17-Oct.17, 2008.
The national average fell below $3.00 per gallon for 796 days from Oct. 18, 2008-Dec. 22, 2010 due to a weaker economy, which demands less gasoline and oil.
The national average tomorrow will have remained above $3.25 per gallon for 265 consecutive days.
The national average price of gas so far this year is $3.57 per gallon, but this average should drop through December as demand declines during cooler months.
Last year was the most expensive year on record with an annual average of $3.60 per gallon, followed by an annual average of $3.51 per gallon in 2011.
The average U.S. household in 2012 spent $2,912 on gasoline, or just under four percent of income before taxes, according to the Energy Information Administration.