Cut Your Work Commute Costs With These Top 5 Ideas

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Many people have some form of commute to their workplaces each day, with some travelling greater distances than others. As you know, the costs of going to work and back can soon add up, and employers rarely cover those costs.

Petrol and diesel prices are among the highest in Europe, and soaring electricity costs can mean that even going to work in an EV will cost more today than it did just two years ago.

Thankfully, there are some tips and tricks you can follow to keep your commuting costs down as much as possible. Check out the following top five examples to find out how:

1. Drive A Newer Car

Are you driving around in an old banger? If so, now’s the time to upgrade to a newer car! Buying or leasing a new model from an Audi dealership or elsewhere will give you several benefits not currently experienced with your existing vehicle:

  • Lower fuel consumption;
  • Modern safety features;
  • Better comfort on the road; and
  • Superior reliability.

You might think upgrading to a newer car will cost a lot if you’re on a low income. But, the good news is you’ll easily find a vehicle and method of financing it that will perfectly suit your requirements.

2. Consider Using Public Transport

Did you know that bus and train companies often sell season tickets that could save you a fortune if you travelled to work and back via public transport?

If there is sufficient public transport provision in your area, it makes more sense to keep your car at home and commute to work via a bus, train, or similar mode of public transport.

Get onto Google Maps and plot your route to work from home with public transport to see how feasible this option could be.

3. Cycle Or Walk

If the distance between your home and workplace is short (circa two miles or less), switching to a free transportation method like walking or cycling might be worth it.

Some employers even provide their staff with Cycle2Work scheme vouchers, meaning you can afford a new bicycle if you’re on a limited budget.

Again, check out the commute to work on Google Maps, but this time select the walking option instead of vehicle or public transport to find out if that could work for you.

4. Ask To Work From Home

Many employers are happy to let their staff work more flexibly due in part to the need to do so because of COVID-19. If you have a job where you work from a fixed location like an office, ask your boss if it’s possible to work some or all of the time from work.

Working from home will cut your commuting costs significantly, and it’ll save your employer money as well.

5. Carpool With A Colleague

Lastly, look at getting a lift to work and back with a colleague that lives near you. Offering to give them some fuel money will mean the commute is cheaper for them as well, plus they’ll have some company on their journeys!

Sarah x

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