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Gas prices reach $3 mark

Feb 22, 2011 3:31:00 PM - thestate.com
Drivers in Columbia are paying on average $3 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline - 51 cents more than a year ago.

Gas broke the $3 mark in Columbia on Tuesday and in South Carolina on Sunday, according to AAA Carolinas. “It’s a psychological flashpoint,” spokesman Tom Crosby said.

When the price rises above $3, consumers will start to watch their spending and driving habits more closely, he said, including carpooling and driving slower.

If prices rise higher -- as predicted -- consumers will start making drastic changes, he said, such as buying hybrid cars and postponing trips.

“At $4, they plan their day around their car and how much gas they are going to consume,” Crosby said.

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