We all know it, gas prices are way too high right now, and while some people may just suck it up and spend the extra money to fill up their tanks, a new survey shows others are planning to make some changes so they don’ take such a big financial hit.
- Just weeks ago, when gas prices were at $3.53 a gallon two-thirds of Americans thought that was way too high.
- With the national average now over $4 a gallon, folks have had enough.
- 59% of Americans insisted that if gas prices went over $4 they would change their lifestyle or driving habits.
- That number goes up to three-quarters of Americans if gas prices reach $5 a gallon, which it has in the West.
- The major change folks will make due to gas prices is to drive less (80%).
- 29% of 18 to 34-year-olds say they would be willing to carpool, three times more than those 35 and over (11%).
- 68% of those 35 and older would save gas money by combing trips and errands, compared to 35% of those under 35.
- Those 35 and older are more likely than those under 35 to say they would reduce shopping or dining out (53% vs. 43%).
- But one thing most folks won’t change is their summer travel plans.
- 52% of Americans are planning a summer trip, with 42% saying that they won’t change those plans no matter what the price of gas is.