Tips to save on commuting when inflation is high – Newsmax | Vette Leader

Gas prices are falling but still higher than a year ago. And inflation has made almost everything else more expensive. If you’re looking to save money on your commute, here are some tips:

IF YOU HAVE A CAR:

MAKE A DRIVING STRATEGY

AAA recommends avoiding traffic and adjusting your normal route to avoid unnecessary driving. Whenever possible, visit “one-stop shops” where you can run multiple errands in the same location, and only use premium gasoline on cars that either recommend or require it.

“Paying for premium gas for a regular car is a waste of money and provides no benefit to the vehicle,” said AAA.

MODERATE YOUR SPEED

Driving the speed limit can help you save money. Most vehicles achieve optimal fuel consumption at 80 km/h. For every 5 miles per hour you drive across it, it can cost another 30 cents a gallon, according to fueleconomy.org.

For more fuel economy tips, the US government offers recommendations on how to choose a fuel efficient vehicle and how to save on gas in hot or cold weather.

CHECK GAS APPS

You can save money by checking out which gas stations offer cheaper gas prices.

“While there is no silver bullet for maximum savings on this global commodity, a gas app can help you save a few pennies,” NerdWallet wrote in an article listing the top five gas apps.

LOOK FOR GOVERNMENT AID

Since the beginning of the pandemic, municipalities and states have provided economic relief in various ways.

Vicente Gonzalez, a postal worker in Boyle Heights, a Los Angeles borough, who has been struggling economically from both the pandemic and inflation, has benefited from both state and local aid.

“I’ve been able to benefit from backpack gifts, mental health services, and food distributions,” said Gonzalez, who also helped with some food distribution efforts in his community.

Some cities and states are providing relief packages to help residents cope with rising inflation and high gas prices. Colorado is sending $750 to individuals to help combat rising costs, and Chicago is shipping $150 fuel cards and $50 prepaid transit cards to eligible residents.

ASK EMPLOYEES OR NEIGHBORS IF THEY CAN GO WITH YOU

Asha Weinstein Agrawal, a professor at San Jose State University, recommends carpooling, even if it’s just once a week. According to the US Census Bureau, only 9% of commuters carpool.

IF YOU USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

TALK TO YOUR EMPLOYER

Even working from home one day a week can make a difference. If a job is remote-friendly, employers should be open to the idea of ​​covering some of the commuting costs, at least temporarily, said Abbie Langston, director of equitable economies at PolicyLink, a national research institute.

If that’s not feasible, Yanira Merino, national president of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, suggests people talk to their employers about economic incentives to pay for commuting.

“I think this is a time to organize our community and try to do that as much as possible in places where public transportation isn’t available to us,” Merino said.

CHECK IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A DISCOUNT PASS

Children, students and those over 65 are among those who may be entitled to discounts.

For example, the New York City MetroCard offers a discounted fare for those over 65 or those with qualifying disabilities or a service animal. Los Angeles Metro also offers a rebate for low-income citizens earning less than $41,400 per year.

BUY TICKET PACKAGES

Buying 10-day or monthly packages, depending on how often you use public transport, can help you save money.

For example, users of the Boston Subway can buy an unlimited day pass, which allows you to travel on different types of public transport, for $11, but you can buy an unlimited seven-day pass for $22.50. If you commute five days a week, save $32.50 when you purchase the seven-day pass.

CHECK WHETHER YOUR EMPLOYER OFFERS INPUT TAX BENEFITS

With input tax credits, employees are not taxed on the portion of their income that is used for travel expenses. The maximum monthly amount people can use as pre-tax benefits is $280, according to the IRS.

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