Gas prices are once again dominating the national debate.
But despite rhetoric, high gas prices aren’t hurting as much as they used to.
In 1981, when oil prices spiked following the Iranian Revolution, gasoline represented nearly 5% of the nation’s spending, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2011, only 3.7% of spending went to gas, even though prices averaged at their highest level ever that year.
In addition to spending less, we’re driving more than ever — 90% more than compared to the early ’80s, according to the Federal Highway Administration.