(KCEN) -- If you're dreading filling up your car with gas these days, it could be because drivers are experiencing more pain at the pump than ever before.
According to the Energy Information Administration, the average household spent more on gas last year than it had in 30 years.
And the average cost of a gallon of gas continues to rise. It has jumped 51 cents in the last two months.
In mid-December, the average cost of a gallon of unleaded was $3.21.
Currently, that price is $3.73 and while there has been a steady increase in the past 30 days, the price jumped nine cents just over the weekend.
If that trend continues, experts say gas prices could top the all time record of $4.11 that was set back in 2008.
Analysts say prices will peak in April before they start retreating.
AAA says prices always jump this time of year but it's more dramatic due to the severe snowstorm in the northeast and concerns over Iran's nuclear efforts.