AAA pinpoints consumer's breaking point for gas prices

April 23, 2013 12:00 AM

The cost of filling up a gas tank may be dropping, but many drivers are still paying more than they're comfortable with at the pump. According to a recent survey from AAA, approximately 46 percent of people believe paying $3 per gallon is too high, and that number jumps to 61 percent when costs reach $3.50 and 90 percent as it approaches $4. 

"It was not long ago that motorists were shocked to pay more than $3 per gallon for gasoline, but now that is standard at stations nationwide," said AAA president Robert L. Darbelnet. "Today's average consumer feels a breaking point on high gas prices closer to $3.50 per gallon, and expensive prices have forced many motorists to change their driving habits."

To accommodate higher gas costs, many people are forced to make changes to their everyday lives. About 62 percent of people claimed they are forced to combat the costs with changes to their lifestyle or driving habits, mostly by driving less, reducing their shopping or dining out, and investing in a more fuel efficient car. 

Some of these budget restraints have also affected the number of people who can afford new vehicles. Instead of making these big purchases, many drivers are turning to auto repair to extend the life of their car and delay the investments. 

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