The price of gasoline is the highest ever for this time of year, but it still falls short of previous records.
Here's the national average price per gallon, and how it stacks up:
_ Current average (March 15, 2012): $3.821;
_ Last year's high (May 5, 2011): $3.985;
_ All-time high (July 17, 2008): $4.114.
Source: Auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service.