In the short run there is absolutely nothing we can do to change the fact that gas prices are exploding, but we can beat it. This is how:
- Look at carpooling seriously – not the way most of us have done in the past. It could mean real savings, particularly if you can not look at public transport as an option.
- Analyze if you can take public transport. In some cases, you can take out your public transport expenses pre-tax. Many employers also subsidize commuting by public transport.
- Tele-commute. If your employer does not offer this option (at least once a week), speak to your HR department. If a large group of people approaches the management, there is no reason why it should not be considered.
- Use the airconditioning only when absolutely necessary. Just let the fan run or even better open the windows. If that is too noisy, open the back windows or moon-roof, if you have it. Try to park in shade so that the car does not get overheated when you are ready to leave.
- Avoid unnecessary travel and try to combine several tasks in one trip.
- Pump your own gas (if allowed) and join a club like BJ’s that sells discounted gasoline.
- If you have it, drive a smaller car and leave the SUV in the garage. Many of our readers are finding that short trips on a bike or motorbike are great and save a lot of gas.
- Keep your car in good condition. Regular oil change, good tires and tire pressure, and engine in good working order are key to making sure that you burn fuel efficiently.
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