With today’s inflation and high gas prices, drivers are looking for ways to get fewer miles on their cars. Outraged save money on gas, driving less means less wear and tear on your vehicle and therefore less repair costs. If you’re looking to put fewer miles on your car, here are four ways to do it.
1. Use public transport
The credit reporting agency Experian note that commuting to work by bus or train can save your car a lot of time. Although it’s not something you can do everywhere, if your area has a developed public transport system, you can keep your car parked at home more often.
This not only helps you mitigate your risk of an accident, but can also help you save money. Using a weekly or monthly transit pass is often cheaper than regular driving, especially in areas with lots of stops and starts.
Additionally, some employers offer discounts on public transit fares. If you have a viable public transportation route to and from work, check with your company’s human resources department to see if you qualify for discounts.
Carpooling can save you a lot of miles and money. Traveling with co-workers and running the vehicle you’re using reduces your car’s mileage and saves everyone on gas. Also, using the HOV lane can allow you to work faster. You can also find out more about your colleagues and potentially form lasting friendships.
If you plan to carpool, make sure everyone is clear on expectations from the start. Discuss what time everyone should be ready, what happens if people are late, how much gas everyone should pay, topics that might be taboo for conversation, who drives which car when and even who controls the radio.
These upfront conversations will help prevent disagreements that can make driving unpleasant and colleagues resentful.
3. Work from home
You’ll drive less while working remotely. Some employees even have completely abandoned their cars by working from home. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more employers have created opportunities for employees to work from home. You may be able to find a remote position with your current employer or change jobs to get one.
And even if your employer doesn’t currently, you may be able to allow them to let you work remotely. Build your case by researching how much time and money the company can save if you no longer travel. Show how you can do the job as well or better at home. Use numerical data whenever possible.
Even if you can’t work remotely full-time, pitch the idea that working from home just a few days a week could save your business time and money and increase your productivity.
4. Walk or cycle to work
If walking or biking to work is doable, try it. You can use a GPS app on your smartphone to find ideal paths and, depending on where you live, potentially get to work faster than if you were driving.
Walk or bike will also help you breathe fresh air and exercise, keeping you fit and alert for the workday ahead.
And when you compare the price of a new pair of walking shoes or typical bike repair costs to vehicle fuel, repair and maintenance, you’ll see which option is more affordable.
Bonus: Driving less can also save you money on car insurance
Driving fewer miles not only saves money on fuel, repair costs and maintenance. But it can also save you money on your car insurance premiums.
Many insurers offer discounts for low mileage drivers. While these discounts vary by insurer, state, and driver, they could save you hundreds of dollars in annual premiums. Talk to your insurer about how driving less might affect your rate.
Also ask if your car insurance company has a per mile coverage plan. With these plans, insurers typically install a device that tracks your car’s mileage. However, these programs can also monitor other vehicle information, such as speed (which can increase your speed if you frequently exceed the speed limit). Read the fine print before signing up. However, a per-mile coverage plan is great if you’re a careful, low-mileage driver.