Another way to combat high costs is to use a more appropriate vehicle and structure your life to not use one if possible.
I have bought an inexpensive house two kilometres from the town centre so we can walk to shops if necessary, and my wife commutes to work by walking, thereby saving almost two thousand dollars a year in parking fees alone. I commute to work on the highway, but ride a motorcycle to keep costs down. It is a large capacity, low stressed engine, low technology machine. Thus costs are kept down through engine longevity, low fuel consumption, and ease of self maintenance.
My sister is American, and the US has a systemic design problem with their cities. Her and her partner rent where they can and have no choice but to have cars, but choose large expensive to run four wheel drives. To commute to work in the city.
Choosing more appropriate lifestyle choices can save you money over more than just fuel prices.
International Level: New Activist / Political Participation: 11 1.1%
I think that people are just not used to the prices of oil going up, however compared to other countries, we are just spoiled with the low prices.
International Level: New Activist / Political Participation: 12 1.2%