ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - In Alex City Kenzie Caylor is doing something she's never done before; take the school bus home instead of getting grandpa to pick her up.
"Gas prices are too high. We can't afford it," said Caylor.
Caylor is not alone. More than 160 Alex City school children are riding the bus for the first time this year.
"I have to get up earlier than I normally would but I like it," Caylor said.
It's all because families like the Caylors are trying to save a little fuel and a little money along the way.
A.J. Price is feeling the pinch as well. As the school district's transportation director, Price says drivers no longer take their buses home after they drop off the kids unless they live on the route.
Another cost-saving move? Drivers no longer let their buses idle while children hop on board.
A few parents, however, would still rather take their children to school even though they're paying more for their gasoline.
"Because they fight all the time. I don't feel safe with my children on the bus so I'll bring them to school and take them home," said Cammie Meadows.
No matter how you slice it, it's clear today's gas prices are impacting everyone from the pump to the pocketbook all the way to the corner school bus stop.
Not only did Price eliminate one bus route but also canceled field trips for the entire school district for one semester until further notice.
Despite last week's panic buying, Price says he was able to find enough gasoline to fuel his buses for the remainder of this fiscal year into October.