Americans Driving Less as Gas Prices Soar

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Gas prices across the country have jumped 11 cents, with the average cost of fuel now $3.93 a gallon.

Chicago has the nation's highest average price for gas at $4.58 per gallon.

"As prices inch up, more motorists are looking for someone or something to blame. Unfortunately, it's the retailers that take the brunt of the blame since they are the most visible to motorists," AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady told

Experts say spiking costs have prompted Americans to taking fewer trips. They're also buying cars that provide better gas mileage.

So far, gas consumption has dropped about 3 percent over the past year.

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