AAA reports the national average for gas prices have been above $3 per gallon for 1,000 consecutive days. It s the longest gas prices have remained over that threshold and AAA says you should expect it to stay there unless we have another major recession.

It's been going on even longer in Washington state -- 1,077 days.

Paying less than $3 per gallon for gasoline may be automotive history for most Americans, like using 8-track tapes or going to a drive-in movie, AAA President and CEO said.

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The national streak began on Dec. 23, 2010, butWashington's streak began Oct. 7, 2010.

Tuesday s average in Washington state is $3.75 per gallon, which is actually 30 cents less than a year ago.

The national average is $3.52 per gallon. AAA expects gas prices to drop as we get closer to December.

Although some individual gas stations may have charged $4 or more per gallon during the 1,000-day streak, the national average has never reached that mark. It got close on May 5, 2011, when it reached $3.98 per gallon.

The previous record for consecutive days above $3 was 244 days in 2008, but it dropped below that mark when the recession kicked in.

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