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Yesterday the average price of gasoline in Massachusetts rose to $4.35 per gallon. Last year at this time, gasoline was just $2.71 a gallon. (These numbers were taken from AAA‘s website.)

According to a recent survey conducted by AAA, at least 59% of Americas plan on making lifestyle changes as a result of the drastic spike in fuel costs.

AAA’s gasoline blog states that

Over half (59%) said they would make changes to their driving habits or lifestyle if the cost of gas rose to $4 per gallon. If gas were to reach $5.00, which it has in the Western part of the country, three-quarters said they would need to adjust their lifestyle to offset the spike at the pump.

It continues,

Among Americans who said they would make changes in response to higher gas prices, a majority (80%) said they would opt to drive less, with some differences among age groups:

18 to 34 year-olds are almost three times as likely as those 35 and over to consider carpooling (29% vs 11%), which would likely involve major changes to their daily travel plans.

Those 35 and over are more likely to favor combining tips and errands (68% vs 52%) and to reduce shopping or dining out (53% vs. 43%).