While extremists often love to suggest that we should all give up our cars to save money, anyone who has recently done that can quickly tell you about all of the hidden anguish that often comes with relying upon public transportation and other people when trying to coordinate a normal adult life. Fortunately, you don’t really have to give up your car if you want to greatly reduce your monthly transportation expenses. All you really have to do is get ready to make a few minor changes in your routine that can wind up saving you a lot of money. Here are some of the best tips for lowering this part of your current budget.
Ways to Reduce Your Monthly Transportation Expenses
- Rethink carpooling. Although many people feel they lose too much time or privacy by carpooling, it can actually be nice to have at least one or two days a week where you can just chill out and let someone else deal with the rush hour traffic. Also, carpoolers often get to use special “fast” lanes and are sometimes even given better parking options by environmentally friendly bosses;
- Regularly check your local gas-saving websites. Try out GasBuddy.com and other websites recommended by your friends. Also, visit the following government website to learn new ways you can save when purchasing gas;
- Try to minimize your time in the car by just running errands on one day of the week.
Most of us loose a fortune each week while our engines idle at busy intersections. Give serous thought to handling most of your errands on just one day a week – or when you know your destination will take you right by particular stores, the gym and other places;
- Walk or ride a bike. Far too many of us, especially when living somewhere like Los Angeles or New York City, assume that we can always handle everything best if we do it quickly – either by driving a car or hailing a taxi. Yet walking really is a great way to go somewhere casual during the week or when you just need to pick up a midday meal on your lunch break;
- Consider buying a smaller electric vehicle or a hybrid. While prices are just now starting to fall on many of these vehicles, a number of people are quite pleased with their hybrid vehicles. Just ask around to find out which ones hold up the best and provide the longest driving distances for each new charge. You may also want to consider purchasing a small scooter for running minor errands – if and only if -- you have a safe place to park/store it at your home;
- Keep your car in good running condition. Although you may feel like you’re saving money when you don’t take care of ongoing car repair needs, you can actually cause your car to consume excess gas and provide lower gas mileage. Find a good mechanic – based upon current customer recommendations – and obtain a regular basic check-up for your car at least two or three times a year.
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