After hovering around $3.99 for a few days, gas jumped 20 cents a gallon from Thursday to Friday in Goshen, hitting $4.19.

That was well above Friday’s national average of $4.066 for regular, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge report, although Goshen-area prices Thursday — from $3.86 to $3.99 — were below the $4.06 national average.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Shirley McKibbin as she filled up her car at the 7-Eleven on Ind. 15. At a minimum, she spends $120 per week on gas.

McKibbin said gas prices are absolutely affecting her travel habits.

“We’re not going on vacation. Days off, we’re staying close to home.”

She doesn’t have a re-fueling strategy or habit, such as filling up at a half tank or holding out for a good deal.

“There’s no method,” she said, “besides trying see where gas is at a lower price.”

As she filled up at $4.19 a gallon on Friday, she admitted this method hadn’t exactly panned out, although she didn’t have much of a choice — “I’m close to ‘E.’”

Cris Torres, who was filling up at the Shell Station at the intersection of Pike and Third Streets, said his driving habits have also changed.

“On a day-to-day basis, you consolidate trips. You don’t make as many trips in a day. And we’re taking vacations closer to home.”

He and his family were planning to take a camping trip to the Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan. Now they’re considering Potato Creek State Park, in North Liberty, Ind.

Torres said he realizes that no matter when you fill up — half a tank, a quarter or on empty — it breaks down to the same cost.

“But psychologically, I probably do it at half a tank,” he said, “so I don’t see $70 flashing up on the screen.”

With his family’s two vehicles, he spends around $150 a week on gas.

“I cannot believe it,” said Lisa Younghans, who was filling up at the 7-Eleven. “It just keeps getting more and more expensive. I should have filled up yesterday, but then I thought, ‘I’ll wait until tomorrow.’

“I’m a lot more careful now about where I’m going and how many trips I make. And we have a daughter driving, so we have three cars.”

Younghans fills up her Chevy Suburban about once every two weeks, “but it’s a 40- or 50-gallon tank,” she said. It costs her around $120.

She’s been letting the gas gauge needle descend to “E” before filling up, in order to track her gas mileage — “which is not good with this thing (Suburban),” she said. “I’ve been making the kids ride their bikes.”

Phillip Frazier owns a Dodge Dakota as well as two motorcycles.

“It sucks, no matter what kind of car you drive. I drive 15 miles to work every day, and I get 15 to 18 miles per gallon in this,” he said, pointing to the truck.

“I ride my motorcycle every day I can, because it gets 60 miles to the gallon. And it still sucks.”

His motorcycles are both Hondas, and he’s thinking about buying a Honda Civic.

However, he said he needs to keep the truck so he can pull his motorcycle trailer.

“You can’t pull anything with a Honda,” he said.

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