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Poll Shows Gas Prices are Affecting Our Lifestyles

Poll Shows Gas Prices are Affecting Our Lifestyles

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Samantha Hayes ReportingGetting out of town was the thing to do over the long holiday weekend and gasoline was a big part of it. Instead of talking about where they went, most people are talking about how much they spent. That is the memorable part of the weekend: how much it cost to fill up the gas tank. The question now is, will sticker shock at the pump ever make us change our driving habits?

We asked a series of questions through a poll exclusively for KSL by Dan Jones about how the price of gas is affecting what you do. For one, many drivers who can find other ways of getting around are going to do that. Public transportation like TRAX is looking better and better. Sixty-two percent say the price of gas has them finding alternative transportation, 34 percent say it's not.

With gas well over $3 a gallon, in every question we asked, it's clear Utahns are making a change.

It would be nice if the law of gravity also applied to gas prices. But it seems like "UP" is the only direction it goes.

Salt Lake resident Betty Grandlinger said, "I just hope somebody is going to get us out of this soon."

Memorial Day is behind us, but that was the first sign that habits are changing. Sixty-seven percent of those asked said they will vacation close to home, 27 percent say gas is not affecting travel plans. Also, 56 percent are limiting recreational activities, and 26 percent say they are not affected by gas prices.

Greg Walz said, "When it gets to $4 or $5, even I will start thinking about it every day. Maybe just fill up a tank with $20 and do what you can."

The Napa Auto parts store in Riverton has noticed a big problem with the price of gas: not only does it cost a lot of money to fill their trucks, but somebody is stealing right out of their gas tanks when they aren't looking.

Rick Linnarz, with Napa Auto Parts, told KSL, "Several times we'll come in the morning and we're out of gas, and we know we've just filled it the evening before."

Napa is locking its gas caps now and has sold the same mechanism to several customers lately.

While most people won't resort to committing a crime to save a few bucks on gas, our poll shows most people are changing their driving behavior. Thirty-eight percent won't change their driving behaviors, but 60 percent say the price of gas means it's time to start doing things differently.

This is reflective of polling we did about a year ago. Most respondents said it would take gas reaching the $3 mark to change habits.

Americans are paying a little less for gasoline than they were. The national average price dropped a penny $3.20. Utahns are paying more than that, at $3.27.

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