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How to Save Money on Transportation 

By on January 15, 2020
How to Save Money on Transportation 

Gas prices are on the rise, and if you’re already struggling to pay your monthly bills, you might wonder how to fuel your car. Fortunately, there are several ways you can save money on transportation.

Technology enables more workers to do their jobs remotely, at least some of the time. Many cities have flourishing public transportation systems, and alternatives like motorized bicycles offer yet another way to save. If worst comes to worst, there’s always your two feet.

1. Join an Office Carpool

Office carpools offer more than a convenient way to save on transportation costs. They also enable you to forge stronger friendships with your peers and foster a spirit of camaraderie. You can check with your HR department if you’re not sure if your organization has one in place.

If you don’t have a carpool to join, why not organize one with your colleagues? Start by putting the idea out there, perhaps by posting a signup sheet for interested parties in the company breakroom. Once you find a group of fellow workers who live nearby, all you need to do is write up a driving schedule that’s fair to everyone.

2. Take Public Transportation

If you reside in an urban area, public transportation offers a viable alternative to driving. Many cities, such as Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., provide extensive subway systems that let you travel from point A to point B with ease. Other areas have buses and light rail systems to make your commute easier.

When you don’t have to keep your eyes on the road, you can use the time to work or catch some Zzzs — as long as you don’t miss your stop!

3. Bike or Use a Hybrid

Biking is an ideal method of transportation because it gets you to your destination more quickly than walking but without the carbon emissions associated with driving. You also get an excellent workout. However, what do you do when you encounter a steep hill and don’t want to get sweaty?

Consider investing in an e-bike. You can find budget models for approximately $1,000 or less at some retailers, although luxury versions cost $10,000 and up. Most of them hit speeds as high as 20 mph, giving you a boost when you’re running late for a budget meeting. Plus, if you have to take your car to the shop, you have a way to get home — no sitting on hard, plastic chairs for an hour or more.

Live a bit too far away from work? Drive to town and then bike the rest of the way. Find a decent bike rack to attach to your car, and pack your helmet, and then use your bike to get around the city. You’d be surprised at how much gas mileage you save from little trips to the coffee shop, post office, bank, and more.

4. Download an App

Sometimes, due to time constraints or other factors, you have to drive. However, that doesn’t mean you need to idle on the freeway unnecessarily. Download a free traffic app to minimize your drive time and your emissions. These programs will alert you to accidents and road repairs that can slow down your commute.

5. Talk to Your Employer

Technology makes it possible for more workers — even those in fields like healthcare — to work from home, either on a full- or part-time basis. In fact, 70% of professionals work remotely at least one day per week. Telecommuting is an attractive job perk, especially if your position doesn’t come with other benefits, like health insurance.

Talk to your employer and see if they’ll let you use this option. Be sure to keep up your productivity — working from home isn’t an excuse to watch TV in your bathrobe.

Save Money on Transportation With These Tips

You don’t have to drop a small fortune on rising gas prices. By using these tips, you can save money and avoid commuting headaches!

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

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