With average gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon, fewer Southern California residents say they plan to take a leisure trip over spring break, according to a survey by the Auto Club of Southern California.
The annual survey of Auto Club members found that 47% said they plan at least one leisure trip this spring break season, compared with 57% in 2012 and 55% in 2011.
High gasoline prices prompted 69% of those polled to say they made at least one significant cut to their budget, compared with 66% in 2012 and 61% in 2011.
But those who plan to travel for spring break are more likely this year to take multiple trips over the period. Because of high fuel costs, Auto Club spokeswoman Marie Montgomery said it's likely that many travelers are taking shorter, less expensive trips this year instead of a longer, more expensive vacation.