AAA: high gas prices no longer fueling decline in American driving

Written by  AAA AutoClub Monday, 14 April 2014 09:42

  Gas prices continue inching up in the southeastern United States and a new AAA survey shows most people believe that gas prices are too high.

  According to the survey: 40 percent believe gas is too high when the price reaches $3.00 per gallon, 50 percent at$3.30 per gallon, 65 percent $3.50 per gallon and 91 percent $4.00 per Gallon.


  “People do not seem happy at the price they see at the pump,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Although they remain frustrated, the findings show that many drivers grudgingly accept that paying more than $3.00 per gallon for gasoline is the new normal.”


  Despite their displeasure with prices at the pump, roughly half (53%) of Americans are changing their driving habits or lifestyle to offset gas prices, a 15 percent decline from spring, 2013.


  Jennings said “While they could continue trending upward for the next couple of weeks, prices are expected to remain well below their peak price in recent years.”


  The national average price of gas, currently $3.57, may not even reach $3.65 per gallon this spring, which would be nearly 15 cents less than the peak in 2013 and about 30 cents less than in 2012.



Current Price

2013 Peak Price

2012 Peak Price

2011 Peak Price



$3.77 – 2/22/2013

$3.86 – 4/8/2012

$3.89 – 5/6/2011



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