While few people are complaining these days, gas prices gave everyone a reason to groan in 2008.



Prices are currently at a five-year low nationally, with a gallon of gas costing, on average, $1.62. But rewind about five months and a gallon of gas cost $4.11.

While few people are complaining these days, gas prices gave everyone a reason to groan in 2008.

Prices are currently at a five-year low nationally, with a gallon of gas costing, on average, $1.62. But rewind about five months and a gallon of gas cost $4.11.

Gas prices began their dramatic slide downward after the current economic crisis hit in the fall. Gas is now below $2 in all 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, according to AAA. The highest average gas price was in Alaska ($2.52), while the cheapest was found in Missouri ($1.44).

The AAA figures, compiled by Oil Price Information Services, are state-wide averages based on credit card swipes at up to 100,000 service stations across the nation.