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Businesses, Consumers Change Habits Due To High Gas Prices

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The price of gas just keeps rising, and the average price in Ohio is now $3.80 a gallon.

According to the AAA survey, the price is an increase of 15 cents from last week, and 5 cents more than the national average of $3.75 per gallon.

In Columbus, the average is around $3.79 a gallon, and the higher price is having an impact.

There were many taxis in the lot of Acme Cab Company Tuesday. The reason? There comes a point when it just doesn't pay to drive them.

The city sets rates that taxis can charge, and when the price of gas increases to near $4 a gallon, it just isn't worth it.

"The city voted to what they agreed on and they've been set since '98. I think was the last time we raised the meters has been 45 cents," said Dave Herring, Acme Cabs.

"Obviously it drains the bank account. It makes it tough on doing other things you need to do. I have meetings all over town and I'm driving it and when it gets up there it makes it difficult to do what I've got to do," said Dave Kurtz.

"It affects me big time. I'm a college student at Ohio State and right now, I think it's extremely important to make sure that I save as much money as possible to make sure I can afford going to school," said Kyle Strickland.

"I don't go as much, that's for sure. I mean, I'm a disabled vet, retired, so every dollar counts," said Steve Jordan.

The reasons experts have for the increase are not new.

"Right now, what we're looking at is a number of different factors, higher crude oil prices. We're also anticipating the switch over to the more expensive summer blend of gasoline, and a number of refineries have had issues or have planned maintenance in the next couple of months," said Kimberly Schwind, of AAA.

Plans are already underway to deal with fleets when the price reaches $4 per gallon. For example, the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office deputies park for 15 minutes every hour once gas reaches the $4 per gallon threshold.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office already instructs deputies to shut off vehicles in they're in park and no one is inside.

Franklin County was able to purchase a large amount of gasoline earlier this month at $3.25 per gallon.

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