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Published February 24, 2012, 10:27 PM

Rising gas prices have some changing their ways

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The numbers are scary; four dollars, five dollars a gallon are realistic possibilities in the near future for gas. Is there any price that would make local gas buyers take a second look at their gas buying habits?

The numbers are scary; four dollars, five dollars a gallon are realistic possibilities in the near future for gas. Is there any price that would make local gas buyers take a second look at their gas buying habits?

The average price of gas in the U.S. right now is $3.61 per gallon.

Lee Willims - Fargo: “It's getting a little ridiculous.”

Terry Bruce - Fargo: “I drive as little as possible.”

Angela Touer – Hutchinson, MN: “Most of my money goes to gas because I play basketball, I don't have time to work.”

The Average American drives 33 miles per day. In a car that averages 20 miles per gallon, he or she will spend about $2,175 a year on gasoline. For every dime gas goes up, that's $60 more a year out of your wallet. So is there a price where people in Fargo will take a step back, and change their habits?

Tom Krile - Fargo: “Five dollars a gallon is a scary number.”

Terry Bruce: “At five dollars, I would definitely start doing something different.”

While five-dollars seems to be the consensus among local drivers, there are just as many who say it doesn't matter what price gas hits, their habits won't change

Elisabeth Knapp - Fargo: “It's one of those things where I have to keep buying gas. I won't be cutting back because I have to get on my daily life and go to work.”

Brenda Wright - Fargo: “It's totally outrageous, and we can't be without so I guess we'll have to pay it.”

Albeit dim, there is a bright side. North Dakota has the 8th lowest price per gallon in the nation at an average of $3.45. Minnesota is 14th lowest at $3.51. The highest, Hawaii is already at $4.24.

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