The best way to cut auto-related cost is to use your car less. Daily commute car expenses can add up fast. Here are some pros to finding alternative ways to get to work.
Riding your bike. This option is best when you can have a nice leisurely non-sweat inducing ride in the morning and a vigorous ride in the afternoon. After work, you can change into your exercise gear and get a good workout on the way home. Not only will you save on gas and wear and tear on your car, you’ll also save on health related expenses, by booting your cardio vascular health.
Public Transportation. Eliminate the stress of being behind the wheel during peak traffic hours. Use your ride to work to prepare for presentation, finish reports or catch up on other work. Then use your ride home to decompress, by listening to a podcast or reading a book. If you know how to make the best of this cheaper option you will be more efficient at work and more relaxed when you get home.
Carpool. Sending out an email to see how many of your co-workers would be interested in carpooling costs nothing and it could save everyone in the office big bucks. (You can also check with others in your building on in nearby establishments.) Yeah, you might have to step out of your comfort zone, but you can share the costs of gas, tolls, parking fees, plus reduce the mileage and wear-and-tear of your car.
Propose an off peak schedule to boss. Not working the traditional 9 to 5 schedule is an easy way to save time and money. Not only will you not waste hours waiting in traffic, you’ll gas expenses will go down because you’ll avoid that start and stop traffic that lowers your mpg.