Whether we like it or not, high fuel prices are here to stay. With only a few handful market forces joined by fuel speculators having the control over fuel prices and distribution, then you are sure to be paying more and more for this in the years to come. And you are bound to see even more in the form of taxes, as governments are into thinking of more ingenious ways to squeeze every penny out of the fuel consumer through parking fee add-ons and some other fancy names for additional costs with which to burden us.
Sadly, most American families have this unbelievably strong dependence to driving cars. Instead of opting to use a more budget and fuel-efficient carpooling or public transportation system, you are more likely to see an individual behind the wheel get to a fast food joint to have lunch, or drive alone in his car to and from work.
Admittedly, we never saw this surge in the fuel prices. That's probably the reason why most of us never thought of acquiring more energy-efficient cars. None of us thought of having our homes built the same way to avoid paying such high prices for our gas and heating. Most of us did not foresee that this dependence on fossil fuel could lead to something as tangible as a strained budget. Of course, we are not counting the environmental destruction this dependence to fossil fuels has resulted in.
So the question really is not about the necessity of paying high fuel prices, but more of how to do away with such costs. The first and very effective way one could do is to, of course, switch to using public transportation systems more often. Your tax dollars paid for these in the first place, so why not use it to your advantage? You are bound to wake up early in the morning to avoid being late to work anyway, then why not rise just a little bit earlier than usual to give you some head time just in case the train stations are bursting with commuters? Or if you really can't see yourself separated from your car, why not think of setting up a carpooling system with your relatives or colleagues? Not only will you have others help you with your fuel costs, but you get to pocket some savings when you inform your car insurance agent about the new setup. Or you could go to such lengths as having your home renovated in such a way that it would be installed with additional wall insulation or installed with wind turbines. Fortunately, one need not be that creative, wacky, or even rich to think up of ways to slowly be on the road to fuel independence.