AAA Says Gas Prices Will Bring Changes To Driving Habits, Lifestyle

It’s no secret that gas prices are climbing fast.

The AAA says in a recent survey, 59 percent of U.S. drivers said they would make changes if the average cost of gas rose above $4 per gallon (which it did), and about three-quarters said they would do so if it rose to over $5 (which it might).

AAA says the impact on drivers varies by age, as 18-to-34-year-olds are almost three times as likely to consider carpooling than those over age 35. And drivers over age 35 are more likely to combine trips and errands and cut down shopping and dining out due to the higher gas prices.

Still, AAA says it doesn’t expect the higher prices to have a significant impact on summer travel in the coming months, as a recent survey found 52 percent of Americans said they have summer vacation plans, and 42 percent said they wouldn’t change those plans regardless of the price of gas.