Driving back and forth to work day in and day out can get expensive, especially when gas prices are higher. If moving closer to your work isn’t an option then you’ll need to look at ways to make your commute cheaper. Here are 3 tips for saving money on your drive to work:
- Carpool with a coworker or friend- One of the best and easiest ways to save money on your commute is to carpool with a friend or coworker. Talk with your coworkers and friends and see how lives near you and who works near you. If you can find a person that is willing to work with you, then you can both take turns driving throughout the month. Over the course of the money, you’ll be able to save a lot of money on gas just by driving together to a place that you would already be going to. In some states there are even special lanes on the freeway that are designated for carpool drivers. Using one of these lanes can really speed up your commute as they often have far less traffic than other freeway lanes.
- Utilize public transportation- Take a look online and see what types of public transportation are offered in your area. Taking a bus or some sort of train to work may take a little bit longer than driving your own vehicle, but it could save you hundreds over the course of a year. In certain cities with a lot of traffic, you may actually be able to cut down the time of your commute by using public transportation. If you aren’t sure where to start you can ask your friends or family if they have had any experience with local transportation, and get tips from them.
- Don’t use air conditioning- If you are trying to save money on your commute, one thing that you can do is to avoid using your air conditioner unless it is absolutely necessary. Running the air conditioner in a car can reduce the efficiency as much as 3%, which really ads up over time. If you are able to stand the heat then you should do your best to avoid turning on the AC. You can also try and drive with the windows up. If you keep the windows down while you drive you will be creating extra wind resistance which cause your MPG’s to go down as well. Of course if it is extremely hot outside you shouldn’t push it and try to drive the entire distance with the AC off. Be smart about how much energy you use.
Try one or all of the suggestions above and see which solutions work best for you.
Micah Castro is a freelance writer for Bookkeeping Valleywide.