Saving Money On Transport.
The average person spends £65.70 a week on transport. This accounts for all kinds of transport and travel, from running a car, to using the train each day to commute to work, or using any form of transportation for leisure pursuits, such as taxis and so on.
Save money on your car
There are many ways to cut the costs of owning a car, comprising two kinds of saving: fuel savings, and general car maintenance savings. Firstly, to save money on fuel costs, there are a few tips: the first is to maintain an average speed of 70mph on the motorways. Speeding, particularly on motorways, grossly increases the fuel consumption of a vehicle. For most cars, the most economical speed to be travelling at in the highest gear is around 70mph. The second tip is to remove a roof rack, as having a roof rack on the car can increase fuel consumption by 10%. Keeping the tyre pressure at an appropriate level will reduce fuel consumption, and maintaining an adequate tread (which is also a legal requirement) will also.
Using air conditioning, over-revving and using the brakes too often all will drastically increase the amount of fuel a vehicle needs also. You should also downshift gears in blocks, to be more economical on fuel. Getting the car regularly serviced can also contribute to lowering fuel costs, by making sure the car is running as smoothly as possible.
Take advantage of fuel savings, such as supermarket’s deals whereby you buy your shopping at their supermarket and receive a voucher for up to 10p off a litre, to be used within a particular timeframe. Other schemes are, for example, Tesco’s Clubcard’s, which allows you to collect savings in 2p per litre increments for every £50 shopping spend, up to a maximum saving of 20p per litre. As well as the savings, clubcard points can be collected on fuel spending, at 1 point per £2 spent on fuel. Morrisons Miles is another scheme whereby filling up earns points, which can eventually be traded for a £5 Morrisons shopping voucher. Newspapers, too, often have specific fuel savings vouchers.
Travelling to work:
Many councils and workplaces everywhere promote some form of car sharing, whereby people that work in the same place can group together to travel in and out of the workplace each day. This cuts down on congestion and therefore travelling time, as well as cost. The idea is that one person becomes the designated driver of the group, and the others contribute to his or her fuel costs, thus saving by not using their own cars. There is often some kind of added incentive offered by employers, and the group will save on parking costs as well as fuel costs by doing this.
Save money on train or bus travel:
Websites such as thetrainline.com or redspottedhanky.com allow you to search around the site in order to find cheaper train tickets for specific journeys. Often there are deals around the internet for money off these train-ticket buying sites. You can also purchase weekly, monthly or annually inclusive passes for train journeys or bus journeys, which will allow considerable savings if you travel the same route every day to go to work or college, for example.
Taxis are considerably more expensive than trains or other forms of public transport. Some ways of lowering or controlling the amount spent on taxi fares, are: utilise trains or buses, instead, if possible. This is especially useful if you’re travelling alone, and conversely, if there are more than 3 of you travelling in a group, often taking a taxi could be cheaper than the train or bus, although a downside to this is that very large groups cannot be accommodated in a taxi.
Use a taxi comparison service such as minicabit.com to save up to around 40% on pre-booked taxis, or ring around a few local firms to establish their pricing, in order to try and fix a cheaper quote.