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DENISON, TX--T AAA recently released a study about the affect gas prices are having on today's American drivers. It's telling readers that high gas prices aren't necessarily keeping drivers off the roads or altering their ways of living. We took to Texoma gas stations today to see if the study rang true.

"It's fluctuated so much. You're going to have to pay it one way or another," said local driver Alex Sawyer.

Spring has sprung, and so have Texomans to the pump. But a new AAA study says Americans are becoming indifferent when it comes to filling up.

Jerry Easter of Denison said, "I spend on an average $40 to $50." 

Ernest VanLandingham said: "Sometimes about $50. Just have to live with it, I guess." 

AAA's vice president of public affairs, Chuck Mai, says gas prices skyrocketed in 2008. Now six years later, not much has changed--except for how we think about fuel.

"With the higher prices, I think basically what's happening here is we're becoming used to the higher prices," said Mai. "It's kind of a new normal." 

Mai said about 50 percent of Americans, however, are changing certain lifestyle habits to offset their fueling fees. Not everyone we spoke to was unfazed.

"Oh it definitely bothers me, yes," said one woman who was passing through Texoma.

The study rang true for a few Texomans we spoke to today who say paying at the pump has altered their day-to-day.

"Maybe we don't go out to eat at restaurants as often," said the same woman. "We used to buy a lot of books, now we go to the library a lot more than we used to."

VanLandingham said: "Just try not to come to town and do too much running around. Try to do one thing and just do it all at one time if you can."  

Some told us they don't let pump prices change their way of living.

"There's not a whole lot we can do about it, but thank goodness we still got it," said Easter.

All the drivers we spoke to this afternoon--whether they claimed to be affected by fuel costs--said they believed it will only get worse from here. They agreed they'll probably need to research alternate energy sources in the near future.