Cars are an expensive business. Here are ways you can save money on car travel.
1. Realise when it’s cheaper to get the bus
Sometimes it will be. You know that. You’re only going three minutes down the road. You’re probably going to spend ten minutes looking for a parking space.
2. Park and Ride
Seriously, they’re a good option if you have on in your town. Cheaper than paying for parking, too.
3. Check your insurance
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4. Car pool
If a lot of people you work with live in your area, why not car pool? It won’t always be convenient, but if you all do it on a Monday, you’ll be saving money on petrol. And also, the planet will like you a little bit more.
5. Ask your friends for petrol
Petrol is expensive! If you’re car sharing, make sure your friends pay your share. They might think ‘woohoo, cheaper than the train’, but you’ve got to make sure they pay their way.
6. Look into car rentals
Not those pricey ones designed for tourists on holiday. Streetcar can be a really good option – always with a full take of petrol, if you’re going to need a car for an afternoon for lots of driving about then it can be a really cost-effective option – especially if you don’t drive and your only other option is taxis.
7. Have a regular service
Oo-er. This is important. If your car has problems and you’re ignoring them, it’ll cost your more down the track. If there’s an issue, fix it. Your car might be roadworthy (just) but if you’re pushing your luck and you know it, those problems are only going to get worse.
8. Avoid the drive thrus
You’re eating your dinner in your car. That’s a little gross, don’t you think?
How do you save money on car travel?