Diesel fuel hits $4 a gallon

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2008 at 9:52 p.m.

Diesel fuel now sells for more than $4 a gallon in half the states, including Florida, a weekly fuel price survey released by AAA Auto Club South showed.


Rising gas prices

    The survey also found that because of rising gas prices:

  • 91 percent of drivers are driving less.

  • 75 percent are maintaining their vehicles better.

  • 31 percent are carpooling.

  • 30 percent are buying more fuel-efficient vehicles.

  • 24 percent are making greater use of public transportation.

A survey of American car owners a few weeks ago showed that well over half of them intended to make significant changes in how and when they use their cars if gasoline prices top $4 a gallon.

The survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association.

The results showed that 65 percent of car owners would "dramatically change their driving behavior" if gas prices reach $4 a gallon.

In a news release about the survey findings, the president and CEO of the industry association, Kathleen Schmatz, said, "While a third of consumers claim they already changed their driving behavior by curtailing driving or maintaining their vehicle better when gas prices reached $3 a gallon, the real tipping point is $4 a gallon."

Karen Voyles can be reached at 352-359-5656 or kvoyles@gmail.com.

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