NJ Residents Driving Less As Fuel Prices Rise

STATE – In the wake of record pump prices, more than eight in 10 New Jersey motorists are driving fewer miles, according to results from an online poll at AAAmidatlantic.com.

Results from the poll, which drew nearly 2,900 responses from members in AAA Mid-Atlantic’s territory, include 810 responses from New Jersey drivers. All responses from the auto club’s territory – which includes parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and all of Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia – were recorded within earlier this month.

During the survey, New Jersey’s average price for regular serve rose to $3.69 per gallon, 73 cents more than a year ago, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

“Drivers tell us they are taking it upon themselves to conserve gas by cutting down on miles traveled and to think logically about where the family budget intersects with driving habits,” AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman David Weinstein said. “It’s a positive reaction to a negative situation.”

Additional results show that while a quarter of New Jersey residents polled are unsure if high gas prices will force them to alter their summer vacation plans, 65% say prices at the pump will force some change to their plans. The remainder of those polled will not change their plans regardless of prices at the pump, according to poll results.

“When pennies need to be pinched, vacations are usually the last thing scrapped,” Weinstein said. “More likely is that families will vacation closer to home and look for cost savings during their time away, like eating in for lunch and forgoing the surf-and-turf at dinner.”

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