Tuesday will mark the nation's 1,000th straight day with the average cost of gasoline at or above $3 per gallon, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
The streak is the longest on record, and the drivers' advocacy group said it will continue for another 1,000 days "barring a major economic recession."
"Paying less than $3.00 per gallon for gasoline may be automotive history for most Americans, like using 8-track tapes or going to a drive-in movie," said Ragina C. Averella, a AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman, in a statement. "The reality is that expensive gas is here to stay, which is tough on the millions of people who are dependent on their car."
The streak began on Dec. 23, 2010.
Gas prices first climbed above $3 per gallon right after Hurricane Katrina, from Sept. 3 to 10, 2005. Most recently, there was a streak at or above $3 per gallon between Feb. 17 and Oct. 17, 2008.
Prices did not rise above $3 per gallon again for another 796 days, until the current streak began.
During the current streak, the average was above $3.25 on more than 900 days, more than $3.50 on more than 600 days and more than $3.75 for nearly 200 days. Prices have ranged from a low of $3.01 per gallon to a high of $3.98 per gallon.
On Monday, the national average was $3.52 per gallon.