Teens curbing their cruisin' as gasoline prices soar

Lauren Wooten and her Mustang have been in demand since she started driving this spring.

"It's 'Oh, let's ride with Lauren -- she has her license now,' " said Wooten, 16, a Clayton High School sophomore. "I find myself taking people places, and I'm usually the one driving."

She won't ask friends to help buy gas, she said, "because I would feel rude."

But every time she draws a paycheck from her after-school grocery job, she must trim her plans for shopping and eating out to cover the record-high, still-rising cost of gasoline.

"When I'm spending my money, I've got to think about saving for gas instead of spending and spending," Wooten said.

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