Survey offers answers from AAA
AAA decided to ask that question to American drivers and found about half feel that $3.44 is the point where they begin to feel pain at the pump. During the first three months of 2013 prices in Ohio have averaged $3.59 per gallon.
Around two-thirds of drivers surveyed say they are making changes to their driving or lifestyle to compensate for higher prices.
"Once we get to $4 a gallon 90 percent of drivers say that that is too high, but what's surprising is that 46 percent of drivers say $3 is too high," said AAA Ohio spokesperson Kimberly Schwind.
She points out that not long ago it likely would have been 90 percent upset about $3 gas. Both the national and Ohio gas price average has been above that mark for 28 consecutive months.
Schwind says 86 percent of those surveyed say they're driving less, seven in ten say they'll shop or eat out less. Just over half plan on driving a more fuel efficient vehicle or delay a major purchase.
The survey found younger drivers, ages 18-34, are more likely to use public transportation because of high gas prices than those over 35.
"We think that this could actually mean that there's a change in the attitude toward driving and gas prices," Schwind said.
She says it's too early to know if it's a trend.