When gas hits about $3.44 a gallon, half of US adults say that\u2019s when they feel pain at the pump, says a new National AAA consumer price index. AAA\u2019s new gas-price index that tracks consumer attitudes also reports the mid-$3 mark has now become the new \u201cnormal\u201d for many motorists, who once considered $3 a gallon as their lifestyle tipping point. When national prices reach the mid-$3 mark, more than two-thirds (62%) of Americans say they change their driving habits to offset these high prices and according to the open-ended survey, here\u2019s how: \u2022 Driving less \u2014 86% \u2022 Reducing shopping or dining out \u2014 71% \u2022 Driving a more fuel-efficient car \u2014 54% \u2022 Delaying major purchases \u2014 53% \u2022 Working closer to home \u2014 39% \u2022 Carpooling \u2014 33% \u2022 Using public transportation more regularly \u2014 15% \u2022 Other \u2014 18% The index also reports that young consumers between 18 and 34 are more likely to offset high gas prices by working closer to home (48%) or using public transportation more regularly (25%) compared to adults over 35 years of age. Thirty-five percent of older Americans would work closer to home while 10% said they\u2019d use public transportation rather than their own car. Today\u2019s national average price of gasoline is $3.52 a gallon, 15 cents lower than a month ago and 34 cents lower than year ago. It has, however,\u00a0 remained above $3 for 28 consecutive months. While national prices haven\u2019t surpassed $4 a gallon since 2008, it\u2019s not uncommon for motorists living on the West Coast, in Northeast and near the Great Lakes to pay more than that. In Connecticut, the average price of gas today is $3.72, (April 23) compared to 19 cents lower than a month ago and 42 cents lower than a year ago. In the state\u2019s four metro regions \u2014 Greater Bridgeport, Greater Hartford, Greater New Haven\/Meriden, and Greater New London\/Norwich \u2014 prices average a high of $3.84 to a low of $3.64. AAA developed the price index by asking respondents in a telephone survey a series of open-ended questions asking respondents at what prices do they start to consider gasoline prices as too high. Respondents also were asked to state the specific price per gallon to determine the potential consumer breaking point for high gas prices. AAA Southern New England has 46 offices in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Massachusetts and provides more than 3.5 million members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services such as driver\u2019s license renewals, international driving permits and theme park and movie ticket sales. In Connecticut, the territory includes Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties.