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Start by getting the car you have in order.
- Check tire pressure, empty unnecessary items out of the trunk, check all the fluid levels and change your air filter.
- If you have a smart phone you may want to download both a hypermiling app as well as an app that links you to the best gas prices in the area such as Gas Buddy.
- There are several websites dedicated to logging the station with the best gas prices of the day; both Motor Trend and Gas Buddy will search gas prices across the nation. This is especially helpful if you are planning a weekend trip.
- Consider carpooling to work, mapping out all your errands and cutting back on unnecessary trips. You may even consider downsizing to one car for a while.
- Practice the basics of hypermiling; don't use air conditioning, drive slower and turn your car off at red lights and other long wait times.
Finally, if you are in the market for a new car, by all means consider a fuel efficient model; Tree Hugger has a list of the 10 most fuel efficient cars.
One final note, if your car is not worth repairing, then you may consider donating your car for a tax credit. Organizations like Goodwill will allow you to donate your car for a tax credit and then they will repair it and sell it at a discounted rate to someone in need.