With Spring and Summer finally around the corner, it’s time to rethink your commute. Not only do these alternatives allow you to better enjoy the nice weather (when it comes), but you can save on costs too. Carpooling, using public transit, walking, or bicycling just one day a week for a year can save you more than $500 in total driving costs. On top of that, alternative transportation does more than help your pocketbook - it helps the environment, public health, the economy, and your community. Try changing up your work commute with these.
Using public transportation is a great way to cut down on your commuting costs. A bus pass is far cheaper than a weekly fill up for your car. It also gives you a little bit of free time to unwind before or after work by reading a book, sending text messages, or simply taking in the scenery.
Biking to work eliminates costs of fuel and has the added bonus of fitting a workout right into your routine. A special reward if it’s a beautiful day out is that you can enjoy the sunshine. This alternative option might not work for everyone, but if you are within biking distance of your office this is a wallet-saving solution to your morning commute.
Many cities have specially designated carpool lanes that are reserved for vehicles with two or more passengers. These lanes are typically less congested than typical freeway lanes, which means your commute time could be reduced considerably if you travel with coworkers. Not to mention, stop-and-go traffic is a major headache. A carpool offers a healthy, social alternative to a solo commute. If you're looking for a way to get to know your colleagues and neighbors, hop in a carpool. Or see if your company offer any Rideshare programs. Here at QPS, we offer Rideshare options for our Associate Employees at certain locations.
Using alternative transportation might not be possible every time, but even riding a bike or taking the bus for a week or two can make a difference to your health and day.