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updated 5/30/2006 3:45:40 PM ET 2006-05-30T19:45:40

Many readers responded to our solicitation about whether gas prices were affecting their driving habits with: Yes, they are.

They reported that they are, indeed, trying to save trips and shop closer to home. And more than a few shed some crocodile tears for SUV drivers.

Here’s a sampling of reader feedback:

Enforce speed limit
My family has done several things: drive less, maintain proper tire pressures, drive slower, and combine shopping trips. I drive to work everyday, if the police would enforce the speed limits and not allow people to travel 75 mph, that would save millions of gallons of gas each day. — Karl, New York

Get a motorcycle
I plan to refinance my home to lower the payment, and buy a 250cc motorcycle to drive back and forth to work, instead of my pickup. I have lowered my mileage as much as possible now. — Gary, Tenn.

High mpg
I am not doing anything. I drive a Honda Civic that gets 41 miles per gallon. We should have all been doing that in the first place. I fill up with gas once a week and driving is never an issue. — Billie Jean, Ala.

Just deal with it
I am doing nothing different. Most of my travel is for business, and it is an expense that I will just absorb. — Joe, Calif.

Slow down
I accelerate slower and drive 5 mph slower on the freeway. I encourage my son to ride his bicycle to school and search out carpools for his after-school and summer activities. We decided to cancel a planned trip to Alabama and Mississippi next week. We will never vote for any Republican candidate anymore, no matter how well qualified. We bought energy company equities. — Ben, S.C.

Love my truck
I drive a truck that gets 10 mpg and I do not plan on changing anytime soon. It's paid for! It would cost me $34,000 to replace my vehicle and even at $4.00 per gallon that would be over 9 years to make up the difference and I would be driving some goofy looking car that can't get out of its own way. — Andrew, Colo.

Pay up
If you already drive an economical car like I do, (Saturn Ion) and don't joyride, what else can you honestly do except be forced to pay more at the pump? There is little I can change, unfortunately. The middle class in the U.S. is a thing of the past. I used to be maybe lower middle. Now thanks to the profit-happy oil barons, among other things, I'm lucky if I'm upper-lower. — Linda, Ohio

Make trips count
I try and make all my trips count. If I am going one place to do something, I will take care of whatever I have to do that is in that direction to cut down on trips. I will also vote for people that will get us on alternative fuels. — Guy, Ariz.

Shop local
Higher prices have caused me to go out less. And make all travel closer to home, or do my shopping in one area I'm in. I used to go further to outlets and other shopping venues but the cost isn't worth the savings. Also a friend and I trade off driving and pitch in on gas. — Lisa, Ohio

Garage it
We fixed our Corsica and quit driving the Expedition. We will keep the Expedition as we can't sell it and we need it for our kids. The last fill-up cost $82. After we pay off the Expedition we intend to buy a hybrid in the next three years. — Kelly, Wash.

History repeats
I already have fuel efficient cars. I remember the gas crisis of the 70s. That left a lasting impression on me. — Richard, Va.

Looking small
I grew up in Michigan and I've always been a proponent of buying American cars. Now, with the rising fuel prices, I've considered, for the first time, buying from a foreign brand. I've tried to find a domestic car that offers comparable mileage as some of the other foreign cars, but for the life of me I can't. I thought about buying a Chevy Aveo, but even that paled in comparison to a Honda Fit's gas mileage. What really confuses me is that all I see domestic automakers offer are SUV's. Sure there's the occasional Cobalt, or Caliber, but as a consumer I feel like the Big Three are missing the boat. I wonder at times am I the only one here who wants a smaller car? — Lloyd, Mich.

You bought it
If you think about it, you pay more than $15 per gallon for coffee or water — it was bound to go up. SUV owners will hate switching to smaller cars that cramp you and have no power. If you own an SUV, chances are you have the money to pay for it. If you can’t afford the gas and own a SUV you probably shouldn’t have bought one anyway. — Jon, Calif.

Numbing the pain
I am using ethanol, in the form of vodka. I don't drink and drive, so I drive less! Not sure if I am saving all that much money, but it numbs the pain. Actually, I am driving only when I have to. Trips for recreation are just not happening this year. When I do start my gas-sipping Honda I make sure I get everything I have to do in one trip, and at places close to one another. I may have to pay a dime more for an item at my local strip mall, but with higher fuel costs driving to the outskirts of the city to a superstore doesn't save as much as it once did. — Tim, Ind.

A $100 tank
I live in Europe where it costs $100 to fill our tank. It does not surprise me that Americans are not yet fazed. None of the Swedes I know have changed their habits in any way either! — Catharine, Sweden

Saving since ‘74
I have been conserving gasoline since 1974 when the first gas increase hit. Prices went from $.35 a gallon to $.50. Now look at it. I've been driving an economical Dodge Neon for the last 12 years. I also ride motorcycles and a moped. I'm conserving more by not driving as much for pleasure, except the bikes. I drive 3 miles to work, so nothing is changed there. We need more higher-mpg vehicles out of Detroit. They can stop building macho power and build sensible engines with higher gear ratios. Gas guzzlers are ridiculous, their time has passed! — Terry, Ore.

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