Commuting On a Budget

Not only is it expensive to live in a big city, but your commute can also put a dent in your wallet. Gas prices are higher in an urban area, and traffic can increase the amount of money that is spent on travel. Although this may seem nearly impossible while navigating through the city, there are several ways to eliminate spending a ton of money.

Use public transportation services. Always utilize commuter transportation services like Xpress. You will not only cut down on the costs of gas and car maintenance, but you will also avoid heavy traffic. Purchase your Xpress Pass today, and you will begin saving money right away.

Utilize express lanes. By using Atlanta’s new I-75 South Metro Express Lanes or the I-85 Express Lanes, you will cut down on time spent in traffic and decrease the amount of gas you purchase weekly. Purchase a Peach Pass today, and you will begin saving money right away.

Purchase gas with discounted gift cards. There are several sites, such as Gift Card Granny and Cardpool, which offer discounted gift cards for frequent travelers. Among those gift cards are gas station gift cards, automotive shop gift cards and much more. Check these sites out so you can start receiving more for your money.

Practice careful driving. As odd as it sounds, your driving habits can contribute to the amount of gas your car uses. You can save gas by making slower turns, driving at the speed limit, changing lanes less often and limiting your acceleration as well as harsh braking.

Park smart. In major cities, parking can be a nightmare. Plan ahead by researching the parking options for your destinations beforehand. Try to find free or cheap street parking whenever possible, even if it means walking a little farther.

Take advantage of car insurance discounts. Check with your car insurance company to see if they offer any discounts and if you qualify for any of them. Many offer discounts to students who are excelling academically, members of certain organizations or groups, retirees, etc.

Join a carpool. It’s more a hassle to have multiple cars leaving from the same area to reach a similar destination when the drivers can ride together! Carpooling is a great way to reduce commuting costs and eliminate traffic congestion. SRTA even offers Vanpool, a public transportation service that allows commuters to share rides. Learn more about this service here.

The key to saving more money while traveling within a big city is to plan ahead and plan smart. Use all of the resources that are available to you so that you can cut down on traveling expenses!