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Published April 05, 2012, 07:32 PM

With Ever-higher Gas Prices, Drivers Looking to Alternatives

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - As gas prices inch closer to that $4 mark, more people are looking for ways to save a little money. That includes those who are in the market to buy a car in hopes of maximizing fuel efficiency.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - As gas prices inch closer to that $4 mark, more people are looking for ways to save a little money. That includes those who are in the market to buy a car in hopes of maximizing fuel efficiency.

Some car dealerships are not only seeing people looking at more fuel efficient cars but also people maintaining their vehicles to get better gas mileage day to day.

Many are trying to keep their wallets full these days as gas prices reach nearly $4.

"You tend not to go places, you just want to stay home and save the money," Steven Webster said.

University of Minnesota-Crookston student Steven Webster has a Honda CRV, but tends to drive it less often.

On Thursday, gas prices reached $3.81 a gallon in Crookston.

"Yeah, I see them this high about every summer," Webster said.

Webster is not the only one looking to save some money. Car dealers such as Crookston Motors see more people looking for fuel efficient vehicles.

"People are looking for things with better gas mileage, maybe trading out their big SUV's into something a little more fuel efficient," Crookston Motors General Manager Al Berry said.

People also pay more attention to maintenance and keeping their cars up-to-date to get the best gas mileage they can.

"They're looking for the most obvious reasons if they're not reaching their fuel economy which would be tire pressure, air filter, staying up with general maintenance a lot more recently," Crookston Motors service manager Andrew Neumann said.

People like Webster also try to save money in other ways.

"It helps I guess having the Honda because they're more fuel-efficient than a big pick-up," Webster said.

"People are always going to buy what suits them the best but definitely fuel economy is in the picture," Neumann said.

Some drivers say they looked into getting hybrids or just taking alternate modes of transportation.

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