Driving is a core part of many of our lives here in America, as it is the most used form of travel, while some believe it is the most reliable form as well. Yes, public transportation runs every day of the year outside of some holidays, but that's not convenient for everyone as the timing is not always exact or it could add time to someone's commute. As simple and effective as driving is, there are so many things that make it annoying and/or dangerous.

One of the most annoying things about driving is gas and for a multitude of reasons. First, there is the act of having to get gas, it's not the worst thing to do but it sure isn't fun, especially in the winter. Then there is the other part that makes you want to hurl over and cry, the gas prices. Yes, they do fluctuate but it has been a long time since gas has been seen as cheap, actually about 3 years or so now. We may want the gas prices to change but with this gas station closing 1,000 locations, Michigan's gas prices could be on the rise before they fall.

For some people this may not be a big deal but for others this could pose a huge problem. Most people find the cheapest station near their home, job, or current location but the flip side of that is the people who have brand loyalty and only use certain gas stations. I can understand both sides because while I prefer to use a Circle K or Speedway, if they aren't close enough I will go to the cheapest one nearby, I'm on the fence with this one. For my Shell goers, you might want to rethink your gas station of choice.

Shell has confirmed that they will be closing 1,000 locations over the next two years as they are looking to shift their focus to electronic vehicle charging. Other than the interest in EV charging they did not give a reason as to why they would be closing the locations. Shell was extremely vague in this announcement as they did not announce what locations would be closing or when they would be closing either.

There is no guarantee that Michigan will see any of its Shell gas stations close but there's also no guarantee that all of them will stay open. This is something to keep an eye on as Shell is Michigan's 3rd largest gas station chain with 413 locations in 232 cities. This could potentially harm the entire state, some of the state, or no part of the state but we'll just have to wait and see.

Remember how much gas used to cost when you got your first car? Here's a reminder below:

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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