Thinking that a car is the best means of transportation can be incorrect in many situations. Over the years, commuting has become a nightmare, especially in urban areas, where numerous people waste frustrating hours waiting in traffic in their car. Using a car as your only commuting method can be very expensive, with the average commute of 15,000 miles per year costing roughly $8,000 in transportation costs. There are many commuting methods that may be available to you that are less frustrating and less expensive.
A majority of urban areas offer various forms of public transportation to their residents. Public transportation may include buses, trains, trolleys, and subways and in most cases, a monthly pass can be purchased for a fraction of the price you would pay for many individual trips. Riding public transportation costs much less than the gasoline and maintenance costs for a car and you can do other things during your commute, increasing your productivity.
A number of urban areas have added bike trails to their cities and biking lanes to their roads to encourage biking from location to location. Biking is inexpensive, promotes good health and exercise, and is more environmentally friendly than commuting by car. Cities that have bus service often have bike racks on the front of the bus to allow riders to ride the bus for part of their commute and bike the rest of the way to their location. Combining public transportation and biking can give you inexpensive access to most areas of the city that you live in.
If public transportation or biking are not solutions for commuting in your area and a car must be used, you may want to consider carpooling to save some money. With carpooling, you split the transportation costs of your commute with several other people and get to use the lanes reserved for vehicles carrying at least two passengers. The more people you can get to share your commute with carpooling, the less you will be paying for your commute. You can join a carpooling club, ask other employees, or carpool with others from your neighborhood who are traveling in the same direction.