Nobody likes to just throw their money away and get nothing in return – although some people piss their hard-earned money away on some
useless conspicuous consumption.... and everybody hates the money-gluttonous oil companies that are the most profitable enterprises on the planet. Unfortunately, until someone really discovers cold fusion, or invents a way to tap into the Zero-Point energy, or perhaps finds a huge Dilithium Crystal deposit somewhere, all of us who own vehicles that run on gasoline are dependent on the Oil companies; and I'm not ready to drive a Golf cart with 13 air bags just yet.
High gas prices are the reason why some people are adopting a driving technique called "Hypermiling" to get the most miles out of a tank of gas. The oil companies have been lying to us for YEARS, claiming that oil is getting scarce because it is a "fossil fuel" made of dead dinosaurs and ancient vegetation that had "brewed" under extreme pressure underground for "billions of years". Well, I'm here to tell you that oil is NOT made of dead dinosaurs... or pre-historic dead vegetation for that matter. Like coal and natural gas, oil replenishes itself from sources within the mantle of earth; it is, over time, inexhaustible. The problem is we can use it faster than the Earth produces it.
When you are driving, ask yourself the question "Am I really in such a freakin' hurry to get to the next red light"? Answer the question and adjust your driving habits accordingly. Read about how to practice Hypermiling and put the money you save to good use.
In order to have "real-time feedback" from a reliable source about whether modifications you make to your driving habits are actually affecting how many miles you get per gallon of fuel, you need something like the
Eco Meter (or its equivalents) listed on
the Eco Meter page.