Published: Apr 14, 2011 5:16 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 14, 2011 2:17 AM EDT

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- Gas prices are frighteningly close to the $4 mark and that is pushing people to get creative. A Bonita Springs woman says trading four wheels for two is helping her to save money.

"I got it late last night and i rode it today for the first time. First time I've been on a bike in 26 years," said Diane Martin, who uses a motorcycle instead of a car because of high gas prices.

Martin traded four wheels for two. "Its 250cc and can do 65 miles an hour," said Martin.

"I love this bike I have to admit," said Martin. With gas prices nearing the $4 mark, she has a new ride, which will double the gas mileage her car usually gets.

"I suspect I'm going to get at least 40 to 50 with this."

Gas prices aren't the only challenge Martin faces. She was born without a left hand so the clutch was changed to help her ride. Martin said it won't stop her so the changes will help ride while keeping pennies in her pockets.

"There are times where I feel its just not worth it to get in my car and go somewhere. Now I'm saving up so my errands I try to do them all in one day," said Martin.

The Bonita biker said the two wheeler, named "Hardly A Harley", was an anniversary present from her husband. It was on her bucket list of things to do and it's an added accomplishment that helps her save while hitting the open road.

"Every time I go to the pump its like oh my gosh and it just costs too much money. Yeah a better alternative for me."

Martin said she will continue to practice riding in order to get her license. She also is debating taking her new ride to Canada this summer because she said gas there is over $5 a gallon.