Most Americans drive to work with an average commute time of 25 minutes. With a round trip being 50 minutes, 5 times a week, it adds up to a whole lot of time, gas and money being wasted.
With gas prices at $4 odds are you’re feeling the pain at the pump. Follow these 7 tips to save on your daily commute.
Reduce Your Work Days
The 8 hour work day is pretty standard, but your employer may let you work a 10 hour day instead. To get your 40 hours, you would only need to work 4 days a week.
If your trip to the office is 20 miles away and your car gets 20 miles per gallon, you’d waste a gallon going to work and another on the way back. At $4 per gallon that’s $8 you would be saving once a week. Multiply that by 52 weeks and you would save $416 every year.
Ride Your Bike To Work
If you want to get some exercise as you head to the office, consider riding your bike. While not very practical, if you don’t work far you can save money and time by avoiding traffic and not paying for gas.
Not only will you be doing good for the environment and your wallet, but the daily exercise does your body good too.
Carpool With Co-Workers
If you carpool with other people that live nearby you’ll save big money on commuting expenses. You will only have to pick up the tab for a couple days a week instead of all five.
The benefits don’t stop there. You’ll get to work faster since you can take the carpool lane. Your car will deteriorate less and you’ll save on your insurance policy too.
If you’re the driver your car won’t get a break, but your wallet will. You can have an arrangement where your co-worker(s) will pay for your gas so even then you still get some benefit out of it.
Consider Mass Transit
If you live near a train or subway station, you can lighten your commuting costs and frustration by using public transportation. You can use your time riding to check your email, do your makeup or read your favorite blogs.
Taking the bus is another option, but delays are common, especially if you have to take more than one bus.
Change Your Work Schedule
If you work from 9 to 5, odds are you’re getting stuck in rush hour traffic going to and from work. If you’re able to change your work schedule to come in a couple of hours earlier or later, you could save yourself not just headaches, but valuable time.
Work From Home
To help you save on commuting costs, ask your employer if you could work from home, even if it’s only once a week. It can work for your employer too, as you won’t be using their resources.
Learn Something While You Drive
If you can’t escape your long commute, take advantage of the time by learning something new. Download some audio books on your phone and listen to them in the car.
Rather than listen to music, use your time wisely to better yourself. You can learn everything from how to fix your credit to how to buy and sell real estate.
How do you save money on your daily commute?