An automobile is a huge investment. Like other investments, most people want their cars to last as long as possible. One step towards getting a car to last longer is keeping the mileage down. Here are some tips to reduce mileage on a car.
Use Mass Transportation when Possible
Using mass transportation not only helps someone reduce mileage, but it also helps protect the environment. Taking a bus somewhere is sometimes a fun experience.
Carpool with Others
It is not a bad idea to carpool with another trusted individual. This saves mileage on a car because it doesn’t get driven as much. Let’s say you are taking turns carpooling with a co-worker. Instead of driving your car to work five days a week, you are driving it two or three days per week. There are also park-and-ride parking lots in many areas.
Walk or Ride a Bicycle
There are people who get in their cars just to cross the street or travel a few blocks. If the weather permits, it’s not a bad idea to walk a few blocks to the store or wherever else. Using a car to drive short distances down the street doesn’t seem like much, but the miles can add up if it becomes a habit.
Use Mobile Apps to Catch a Ride
There are apps on smartphones that allow people to request a ride. After the driver accepts the passenger, he/she is taken to the desired destination. These are apps that can be used for catching rides.
Plan Routes Carefully
Drivers sometimes don’t think about planning their drive. Some people take routes that are sometimes longer than necessary. Sometimes, people may go miles out of their way because they think it’s a faster route. Carefully planning a route, especially one that you take on a daily basis, helps reduce mileage. There are many free online tools that allow people to plan routes. Additionally, mobile apps can assist with this process and can guide you on a shorter route.
Don’t Turn Down Offers of Someone Else Driving
If someone offers to drive you or your kid(s) somewhere, take it. Some schools may offer a carpool program. If that’s the case, another parent may volunteer to be a driver. Also, if someone offers to pick up you and your family to go to an event, don’t turn it down.
Combine Your Errands
Instead of going one place in the morning, coming home, and then going to another place in the afternoon or evening, try to do all your errands in one trip. This habit doesn’t sound so bad, but after days, weeks, months, and years of making multiple trips, the miles add up.
It is important to think about the well-being of your car and find ways to make it last. Once again, the following habits can help reduce usage of your car:
- Using mass transportation
- Carpooling with others
- Walking or riding a bike
- Using mobile apps to get a ride
- Planning routes carefully
- Not turning down other’s offers to drive
- Combining your errands