I fondly remember my older Honda Civic! I never got anything less than 36 miles per gallon, mix city and highway driving. I think it was a '96. Our Honda Fit gets about 33mpg, mixed city/hiwy. The Civics are worse for gas mileage. They're much heavier than they used to be and less efficient.
Hmmm . . . I would start to get excited if gas went up to $10 per gallon. I noticed a LOT more carpooling at school and a lot less cars on the road in my tiny town when gas creeped close to $5 per gallon. It made walking and biking through town much more pleasant.
Of course, this is just assuming gas prices just affects car driving. It would really mean that the cost of everything would go up. Hmmm . . . but maybe manufacturing jobs would come back to being a local option, since it may become less expensive to manufacture in the US, rather than manufacturing in another country and shipping across the globe. More jobs would be great!
I am having a hard time hearing some of my local townsfolk complain about the lack of road maintenance and high gas prices. These are the people who live a 20 minute drive out in the country from our little town and like to have smooth roads so they can travel at 50+ miles per hour. They take it as an affront to their freedom that our economy is so bad that we cannot afford to maintain the country roads like we used to. I appreciate that we all pay for things that some people use more than others: library, police, fire, street lights for the city, etc. But somehow the expectation that we all pay for expensive country roads so people can have their expensive estates far out of town and still zip through this place at a high speed on their way to the larger city for their high-paying job rubs me the wrong way. But I think I've gone off on a tangent.
Moving closer to town and paying a higher price for housing is something we have already accomplished. Both because we expect gas prices to rise AND because we would like to "age in place" and not have to leave our home when aging makes us unsafe to drive. This means we have saved money by going down to 1 car for DH's commute and weekend errands. The kids and I bike everywhere locally.
We'd really need to grow more food, rather than keep a garden just for fun.
Own fewer "things" and take better care of them.
Enjoy fresher air and less car noise!