Of nearly four dozen drivers interviewed at Charlotte-area pumps Tuesday, more than half said they've made some change to save -- from buying a gas-sipping car to running fewer errands.
Others said they were annoyed by the prices but able to absorb the extra costs, for now. But if it gets much higher, some said they'll drive less or ride bikes.
Carol Gifford, a spokeswoman for AAA Carolinas, said the average per-gallon price will probably set a new Charlotte-area record this month, if not today. The average Tuesday was $3.209, just shy of the all-time high of $3.211 set September 2005, following disruption of refinery operations from Hurricane Katrina.
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