You would expect this to be something an inattentive driver would do.  Like a woman!  For all the miserable old crones who deny talking on their telephones as they drive, this story should fill you with schadenfreude.  I was out for a drive and sightseeing in northern Utah.  The sky was partly cloudy and the rays of the sun were breaking through over a mountain in the distance.  I wanted a picture.  I was on a rural road and there wasn’t much traffic.  Still, I decided to pull off into some gravel, stop and then get out and take the shot.  There was a Y as the road split in two.  The gravel in the middle was creased with tire tracks.

Apparently, those were high clearance vehicles.  I got stuck.  I tried rocking the car as if in a snowbank.  It made matters worse and my front tires sank practically up to the axle.

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As it was a cool day for late summer, I rolled down my windows and thought I could wait for several hours to flag a Good Samaritan.  Within five minutes, I had four people trying to help me place mats beneath my tires.  A few minutes later, a pickup truck stopped and, through the use of a chain, quickly pulled me out of the quagmire.  The driver explained the gravel area had become a dumping ground for local road construction.  The morass gets deeper and deeper and now swallows a lot more traffic.

The only drawback was the drive home.  Pebbles stuck between the tire treads kept popping loose.  I heard, ping, ping, and ping all the way to the Idaho state line.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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