Whether they are high or low, gas prices are going to get you. Cars in general can be just a complete money pit. Yet because of the society we live in, everyone is almost forced to purchase one of these dollar bill vacuums. There seems that there is always work to be done whether it is an oil change or a new battery, the more you drive your car, the more you will have to fork out for various services. However, there are some things you can do to avoid putting miles on your ride, and keeping more cash in your pocket. This begins with time management many of you drive your cars to work or to a store for the convenience. Yet if you were to give yourself a few extra minutes, you could open a can of other commuting possibilities. Public transportation has been around forever, and there is a reason for the title it’s open to all of the public. Taking a bus or train to your desired location may not be the most direct route you can take, but it is cheaper.
Now if you just do not have the patience to wait for the next ride to come along, go into your garage and pump up those tires on that bicycle. Walking and cycling everywhere you go puts you outside, gets you moving, and allows you to go at your own pace for the duration of your journey. Avoid the stress and hassle of traffic and choose to take a stroll next time you are looking to grab something from the pharmacy down the street. When you start making these types of decisions, they slowly begin to sneak into your daily routine. The more you pass on driving your vehicle for another form of transportation, you increase the amount of time a full tank of gas will last you, and decrease the amount of money you will have to spend on routine tune-ups.
A further benefit beyond the obvious financial advantage of not using your car is the exercise you would be getting. Without even realizing it, cycling and walking, or even standing on a train, is doing more for your body and wellbeing than what you would normally be doing in your car sitting in your driver seat slouched behind the wheel. The stress that you would normally get from waiting around in traffic is removed, and any anxiety that you have in the rest of your life is temporarily vanquished by your newly found mobility. When choose to walk or ride to a grocery store, you are not going to spend as much money and add a few extra unnecessary items to your cart because you know you cannot carry it all back. These are just some of the advantages of not using your car, see if you discover some more on your next trip out.
This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99ATgmailDOTcom.
Haha, I like how you put it “dollar bill vacuums”… my car is really like a $ vacuum! Yes, you are right, we must find ways to reduce dependent on our cars too much, reduce its usage and use “greener” ways to travel. 🙂