Fuel Economy Tip – Car pool

Chalk another one up for the obvious tips (although sometimes it’s good to be reminded).

Try and car pool as much as you can.

I know a lot of you are saying that car pooling is inconvenient and is a waste of time. I beg to differ; I think it’s relatively easy and can help you and your buddies save a bunch of cash.

For example, you and a co-worker live a half a mile away from each other, and each of you separately commutes 15 miles into work. Both of you drive relatively economic cars that get 30 mpg, so between the two of you, you’re using two gallons of gas each day.

One day, the two of you get smart and decide that one of you will pick the other up each day to drive in to work and to make it fair, you’ll alternate weeks.

Now, you’re using a little over a gallon of gas – you have to take the extra distance between the two houses, as well as the extra weight, into consideration, so we’ll say 1.1 gallons of gas – between the two of you each day.

Over the 250 or so days you’ll commute into work, you’re going to save 225 gallons of gas. At today’s prices, that 225 gallons equals $650 saved between the two of you.

By simply car pooling to work with one coworker, you’ll be saving $325 each year.

And it doesn’t have to just be car pooling to work. You can car pool to school, soccer practice, concerts, etc.

So, if you want to save money and gas, I would say car pooling is a very easy, viable option.


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