While the recent decrease in gas prices has certainly been a huge relief, its gradual climb will certainly bring its fair share of groans across the United States.

Let's take a look back at what gas prices were like just a few short years ago and compare where we are today to where we were just 2 decades ago. How much money was spent on gas PER SECOND in the last few years?

2014

Money Spent on Gas: $465,124,464,000.00

$14,749.00 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $3.44

2013

Money Spent on Gas: $485,315,318,040.00

$15,389.25 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $3.58

2012

Money Spent on Gas: $491,143,302,720.00

$15,574.05 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $3.68

2011

Money Spent on Gas: $480,363,211,440.00

$15,232.22 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $3.58

2010

Money Spent on Gas: $391,515,010,320.00

$12,414.86 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $2.84

2009

Money Spent on Gas: $332,379,150,600.00

$10,539.67 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $2.41

2008

Money Spent on Gas: $456,001,900,200.00

$14,459.73 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $3.30

2007

Money Spent on Gas: $404,272,006,320.00

$12,819.38 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $2.84

2006

Money Spent on Gas: $371,624,226,960.00

$11,784.13 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $2.62

2005

Money Spent on Gas: $324,350,569,620.00

$10,285.09 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $2.31

2004

Money Spent on Gas: $265,939,804,200.00

$8,432.90 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.90

2003

Money Spent on Gas: $219,155,126,400.00

$6,949.36 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.60

2002

Money Spent on Gas: $188,535,816,420.00

$5,978.43 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.39

2001

Money Spent on Gas: $192,707,911,200.00

$6,110.73 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.46

2000

Money Spent on Gas: $197,953,412,160.00

$6,277.06 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.52

1999

Money Spent on Gas: $152,508,113,520.00

$4,836.00 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.18

1998

Money Spent on Gas: $135,381,615,180.00

$4,292.92 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.07

1997

Money Spent on Gas: $153,622,770,000.00

$4,871.35 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.25

1996

Money Spent on Gas: $151,617,585,000.00

$4,807.76 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.25

1995

Money Spent on Gas: $138,503,895,600.00

$4,391.93 a Second Spent on Gas

Average Price Per Gallon: $1.16