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‘Hopefully, things will get better’: As gas prices hit $5 a gallon, some in Kentuckiana change driving habits

At $5 a gallon, some people are finding alternative transportation and some are keeping driving to a minimum.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gas prices continue to soar across the country and in Kentuckiana.

At nearly five dollars a gallon, are you making changes?

Some viewers jumped at the chance to show WHAS11, including one viewer who chucked his car altogether.

Cheri Horn, a retired JCPS employee of southwest Louisville, said she has too much to worry about.

"My medicine and food and rent and insurance and gas,” Horn listed.

She tries to manage that last expense as much as possible, so she keeps driving to a minimum.

"I don't go far,” Horn said. “Right now, I'm doing good because I don't go anywhere. I might pay $80 a month because I fill up at a half a tank right now."

Horn said she goes to the store, picks up her medicine and goes swimming at a nearby YMCA. That's it.

She said she’s had to forego seeing her daughter an hour and 15 minutes away, something she used to do regularly. Plus, visiting her brother in Louisiana is not even an option right now.

"Oh my God. I would probably say $150 down there, $150 back,” she said, estimating how much she would spend in gas if she took the trip to Louisiana.

Cody Judd works in New Albany. He traded in his for wheels for two.

"This right here is the Silver Fox,” he said, patting his moped. “It's what gets me to point A to point B every day. You gotta do with what you can."

Judd happens to work across the street from a gas station with the most expensive fuel in the Kentuckiana region, as reported on Gasbuddy.

"It's nuts. It used to be $2-3 dollars maximum for a gallon,” he said.

And though he doesn't have to worry about gas because he only spends about $5 a week filling up his moped, Judd says his dollars are still stretched thin paying for rent, food and utilities.

Back across the river, one man is optimistic, or, at least, not slowing down.

"Hopefully, things will get better,” Graham Fowler of Louisville said. “If not, I'm still going, going full circle. I'm not going to let that stop me."

Fowler said he will travel more than 1,000 miles to Austin, Texas later this month.

"I mean you take what you get with the gas prices,” he said.

Take what you can get, with the hope it doesn't run you dry.

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