Two thirds of the motorists polled by the Associated Press say the rising price of gasoline has caused them to drive less. Half of those surveyed said they have changed their vacation plans because of the fuel spike.

Such responses may actually bring down the price of fuel as less demand is created. Analysts say a mere three percent decrease in the amount of driving could cause a significant decrease in prices. Locally, the prices at the pump have dipped a little but drivers don't seem to be altering their habits. We saw a few changes as we neared $3 a gallon last month.

A local mechanic says more folks are keeping their tires aired up and may be doing a better job of running several errands on one outing but traffic doesn't seem to have changed. There isn't much non-essential driving anyway.

Two thirds of those respondents in the AP poll said they have cut back on other expenses to cover the rising gas costs. Some have suggested the restaurant industry may feel the dip quicker than others as that is one area that depends on disposable income.

Another question asked if heat and air conditioning controls have been adjusted. Again, two thirds said yes. More than two thirds said they have thought seriously about purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Asked what would be a fair price for gasoline, many of those surveyed said $2 a gallon. That's a price we haven't seen regularly for more than a year.

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