Chalk one up for the people who say high gas prices are the only thing that will get drivers to change their habits. Thanks to record high gas prices in California last year, motorists in the state bought less gas than they had the previous year, the first time that's happened in 14 years, according to the LA Times.

The drop was only 0.7 percent, but with the nationwide trend still going up, all those transportation and fuel alternatives in the Golden State are making a difference (California still consumer 15.8 billion gallons of gasoline in 2006). The LA Times article talks to a few people around the state on how the high gas prices changed their transportation habits (or how it hurt their pocketbook if they didn't change).

It's easy to see that the high prices steered drivers away. "Compared with 2005, Californians used more gas in the first three months of the year, but less for the remaining nine months. During the lower-demand months, the statewide average price for self-serve regular stayed above the $3-a-gallon mark for 19 weeks, posting several new records and peaking at an average price of $3.33 a gallon in early May, the U.S. Energy Department said," writes LA Times staff writer Elizabeth Douglass. You can read her article here.

[Source: Elizabeth Douglass / LA Times]


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