Drivers adjusting to high gas prices

April 26, 2012 12:00 AM

As gas prices rise, many drivers are adjusting their buying habits in order to save money, according to a new survey conducted by S​

According to the survey, approximately 77 percent of drivers say they're considering a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle. Of this group, 33 percent say that they're looking into hybrids, with the rest focusing more on compact cars as an answer to their fueling woes.

"The survey confirmed exactly what we expected," said Scot Hall, executive vice president of operations for "Gas prices are forcing drivers to look at their options - when it costs $75 every time you fill your tank, it adds up quickly."

Consumers are looking to save money in other ways as well. Approximately 60 percent indicated they're changing their driving habits, and may travel less this summer due to high gas prices. About half said they've cut back on dining out and shopping in order to save up for trips to the pump.

Drivers looking to save money at the pump should also consider vehicle maintenance. A car tune up or fuel injection cleaning can help drivers improve their MPGs and will likely pay for themselves in the long run.

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