Everyone has a breaking point. Apparently, AAA wanted to see where people would draw the line with gas prices, and to no one’s surprise, two-thirds of those surveyed believe gas prices are too high now. Shocking, we know. The people who do believe gas prices are too high have countered the pinch at the pump by taking other forms of transportation. As for the remaining one-third who haven’t noticed gas prices lately, they’re all out driving their heavy-duty pickups, luxury land yachts, and Hummer H2s in a care-free manner.
Just when, exactly, are gas prices too high though? According to half of the people surveyed by AAA, 50 percent agreed that once gas hit $3.44 a gallon, it was too much. AAA also uncovered that 62 percent of those surveyed are trying to counter-act rising gas prices by taking alternate transportation. In all, 46 percent of those surveyed believed gas was too high when it broke through the $3.00 a gallon wall while 61 percent had it once you had to fork over $3.50 a gallon. That vast majority was accounted for when gas prices hit the $4.00 a gallon mark, with 90 percent of those surveyed were unhappy about it.
“It was not long ago that motorists were shocked to pay more than $3 per gallon for gasoline, but now that is standard at stations nationwide,” said Robert L. Darbelnet, President and CEO of AAA in a statement. “Today’s average consumer feels a breaking point on high gas prices closer to $3.50 per gallon, and expensive prices have forced many motorists to change their driving habits.”
People are trying to offset unpredictable gas prices by driving less (86 percent of those surveyed), reducing the amount of shopping or dining out they do (71 percent), or driving a more fuel efficient vehicle (54 percent). Other ways people are coping with gas prices include holding off on buying that big purchase (53 percent), reducing the commute to work (39 percent), taking the bus or train more frequently (15 percent), or doing other various things to manage everything (18 percent).
AAA asked those surveyed, “At what price do you start to consider the cost of gasoline to be too high? Please tell me the price per gallon to the nearest ten cents.” Results were then compiled from 974 responses to find the exact price point where people were officially fed up. AAA reached out to men and women over the phone which consisted of 1,011 people total (503 men and 508 women). Everyone surveyed ranged from 18 years old and up and lived in the lower 48. As it stands, the survey has a 95 percent margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent. The survey also showed that drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 are most likely to work closer to home and take the bus, subway, or train. Draw your own conclusions from that.