Budgeting

Tips for Reducing Your Car Use

Most households have a car, but running it is expensive. Every time we go out we will have to use fuel but we also add to the wear and tear on it which means the brakes, tyres and other things will need replacing more quickly. It is therefore a good idea to think about whether you should be using your car as much as if you use it less you will be able to save money. There are some things that you can try so that you can cut down.

Combine Trips Together

It can be a good idea to see whether you can combine some trips together. So perhaps if you drive past a supermarket on your way home from work then shop there then, rather than going home and making a special journey to the supermarket. Of course, shopping when you are hungry is never a good idea either as you could tend to buy much more than you intended. Therefore, make sure that you have a snack to have before you shop so that things are less tempting. You can also combine other trips too, like visiting people in succession rather than on different days. It will take a bit of planning, but it can make a big difference even if you only reduce your journeys a little bit. It will all add up and could really help in the long run.

Car Share

If you have two cars in your family, see whether you can car share more often when you are going out. If you cannot do that, then see whether you can car share with others, particularly on a commute to work. This could mean that 4 people could go in the one vehicle and this will save a lot of money. The idea is usually that one person will always drive and the others pay them towards their costs or that they take in turns in driving and no one pays anyone. It will be up to the group to decide what they should do. You will need to get in touch with other people that work in your office and do the same hours as you. You may find that your company has a list or notice board or an online system where you can sign up to this sort of thing.

Walk More

If you only need to make a small journey then it is a good idea to consider walking rather than taking the car. This will enable you to be able to not only save the money on fuel and things like that but also get some exercise which will benefit you. You could alternatively cycle instead. It can take longer to walk or cycle but it can be rather nice. You feel more in control as well as you are less likely to be held up compared to being in a car and so you will always know how long your journey will take.

Consider Public Transport

It can be worth looking into the cost of public transport. It is true that in some places it is more expensive to use public transport but this is not always the case, especially if you have a season ticket. Therefore, it can be a good idea to investigate the prices locally before dismissing the idea as you may be surprised. Consider not only the cost of the fuel that you would otherwise have to pay for but also the wear and tear on the car. You might even be able to get rid of the car if you can use it and the you would save money on tax and insurance as well, which could make a significant cost difference.

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