Alternate Transportation Ideas that Save Money

As we grapple with ever increasing prices every year for everything from a loaf of bread to a pound of your chosen meat or poultry, one of the most constant and upwardly changing prices is what we pay for gas.

It is certainly understandable why transportation is among the biggest factors that make many household budgets difficult to adhere to; but without some restraints in your gas usage, it may be extremely difficult to control budget expenses. So here are a few steps you can take to help save money on transportation:

1. To save money, you must always check on your vehicle regularly. A well-maintained vehicle can get you out of trouble on repair expenses. You can actually spend only $50 on maintaining your vehicle and save up to $800 on repair costs in a year. You can even save more if you do the maintenance yourself (if you are able to) and not bring your car into an auto shop.

2. If you want to save more money, it is recommended that you not buy a new car. The value of a car depreciates automatically when you drive it off the showroom floor of your car dealership. You may buy a car that is used (at least one year old). it is estimated that a year old will save you thousands of dollars as compared to the actual value of the car when it was new. The owner will then pay all the depreciated value of that year old car.

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3. Save money on buying used cars by comparing the prices of the car dealerships and the actual price on the list of the used car dealer ads. To ensure the car that you buy is well conditioned, you might want to ask for the help of a mechanic to check if the car is good enough based on its price tag. It is better to buy a used car from a person you know and trust. This will help you make sure that you have a good deal in acquiring a car.

4. Try to compare gasoline rates. You may refuel your car with the gasoline station that offers the lowest price on gasoline. You can even save more by pumping gas yourself (acknowledging that in some states this is not permissible) and use the lowest octane in your car’s manual. It is also recommended that you pay cash as opposed to credit cards which charge extra in the form of interest. Do not forget to check the gas cap if it is tightened to ensure no gas spills out.

5. Always keep your engine tuned-up and have your tires inflated to their desired pressure (you can find the recommended tire pressure on the inside of your driver’s door) to save you even more money. A well-maintained engine consumes less gas. Keep your car’s trunk clean and free of junk and other unnecessary items to save more fuel. Heavy loads in your vehicle can consume more fuel because of the excess weight it carries.

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6. Try to limit the use of your car for daily routines, if possible. Depending on where you live it may be possible to take the bus or subway; you can even ride a bike where possible in order to save money on gasoline. One of the benefits of not driving is the time you save by ignoring the traffic and traffic jams that you encounter everyday behind the wheel of your own car. Leave the car at home and reduce stress, while saving money on gas.

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Tips for Conserving Gas to Save Money

It seems the price of gasoline is always on the rise, especially at the beginning of every Summer when it is anticipated that motorists will be doing more driving. If you own a car or other kind of vehicle these price increases must be very maddening; and if you are adhering to a tight budget, this kind of gas price manipulation is truly of great concern. So how can you save some money on gas?

Here are a few practical tips you can use to combat the Summer gasoline price hikes.

The carpool system

This is a great idea for employees and students alike. Since all of you will have the same destination, there is no need to bring extra vehicles if you can all fit in one car or van. If you are with your co-workers, it is a good idea to bring your cars alternately or on rotation. If you have children that you bring to school or social events, exchange driving responsibilities with your friends.

Commute to work

You can always utilize the public transportation system when going to the office. This is also a good way to get a little relaxation while someone else, whose job it is to drive, is doing the driving. You can even take a short nap while on your way.

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Compare different gas station prices

Take time to drive around and check the pump prices of the gas stations around your neighborhood. Keep in mind that a few cents difference can add up to a lot if you continually have your car re-filled in the same gas station all the time.

Shed some sweat

A good way to save money on gas and keep yourself healthy at the same time is by walking or riding a bike to your destination. It saves time since you do not have to look for parking, and it also makes you healthier from the exercise. Utilizing these alternatives will also keep you from getting stuck in traffic which will surely waste a lot of your time and gas.

Keep your car well tuned / in good running condition

It is necessary to keep your car’s engine in good running condition so that it will not consume a lot of fuel. When driving around on errands, plan out your route before you even get out of the house. This will minimize your trips going back and forth. It is also ideal to use the air condition only when absolutely necessary since it drastically increases the car’s fuel consumption.

Check your car’s tire pressure

Make it a habit to check your car’s tires so each one has the right amount of pressure. Having unequal pressure can greatly affect the car’s fuel economy. It is also advisable for you to refrain from accelerating too fast since this means burning a lot more fuel.

These are some of the things you can do to save on gas. Gasoline is not a renewable resource, therefore using it wisely is very important to conserve this valuable commodity.

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