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Consumers change spending to deal with high gas prices

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KWWL) -
With gas prices already up nearly fifty cents in 2012, AAA recently conducted a survey to identify how drivers are changing their behavior to help offset higher prices at the pump. Eighty-four percent of respondents have already changed their driving habits or lifestyle in some way.  Combining trips and errands was the most commonly reported cost-cutting measure.
 
Nearly nine out of ten respondents say they would make changes their driving habits if prices remain at current levels for a sustained period.  Already, the recent gas price spikes have led 16 percent of respondents to purchase or lease a more fuel-efficient vehicle.  Should prices remain at current levels, the survey shows that number would more than double—jumping to 34 percent. 
 
To help combat high gas prices, AAA has the following tips:
 
AAA's free app can find the lowest gas prices.  To learn more click here
 
Plan trips in advance.  Online mapping tools such as AAA's TripTik Travel Planner are available to help.
 
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