In this Dec. 15, 2011 photo, Michael Reed fills his gas tank at a station in Charlotte, N.C. The retail price of gasoline averaged more than $3.50 per gallon for the year, a record. Drivers cut back ... more 
In this Dec. 15, 2011 photo, Michael Reed fills his gas tank at a station in Charlotte, N.C. The retail price of gasoline averaged more than $3.50 per gallon for the year, a record. Drivers cut back where they could, driving less and switching to more fuel efficient cars. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Chuck Burton
Mon, Dec 19, 2011 10:00 AM EST