How to Drive Less (And Save More!)

If you are looking for a new (and attainable) goal to work towards this year, we’ve got a great one for you. Start driving less. With a myriad of alternative transportation options (hoverboard, anyone?) it’s easier than ever to reduce your car’s mileage. Driving less will save you a ton of money and also alleviate pollution and traffic. It’s a win for both your wallet and the environment!

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Sharing is caring. Chances are you aren’t the only person driving a similar route to work — daily traffic is proof of that. Team up with others in your neighborhood and start a weekly carpool to save on gas and sneak in some valuable work time when you aren’t behind the wheel. There are lots of apps that can aid in this endeavor, like Carma, Ride and even a new pilot from Uber.

Get some fresh air. If you live close to where you work, you have the luxury of biking or walking instead of driving. Stop letting excuses like shorter days, tired legs and chillier temperatures prevent you from getting a little exercise every morning. Even if you try it once a week or mornings only, that’s still a big improvement from solely relying on your car.

Save money with pay-per-mile car insurance. Now that you are driving less, you could save a ton of money with pay-per-mile insurance. Metromile’s offering is great for people who drive under 200 miles a week, which happens to be 65% of the U.S.! On average, customers are saving $500 a year. Try getting a quick, free quote to see how much you could save.

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Give public transit another chance. Maybe you had a bad experience with a bus constantly being late, but cities are working harder than ever to provide reliable and affordable public transportation options. With transit apps like Quicky and Transit, you’ll be able to accurately gauge bus arrival time, plan routes and more. It’s totally fine to rely on your car when you are running late, but try getting up a few minutes earlier some mornings to catch the bus.

Make money without leaving your couch. When you’re not using your car, try renting it out using a service like Getaround or Turo (formerly RelayRides). Getaround touts that car owners can earn $10,000 per year by renting their car through their community – that’s an extra $800 a month for sharing a car that you’re barely using! Since you will earn cash whenever you aren’t using your car, it’s good motivation to give driving a rest more than often.

Plan some road trips. We aren’t advocating that you go cold turkey and give up your car entirely. Use some of the money you’re saving and relish in the freedom that owning a car gives you by hitting the open road! Unleash your inner weekend warrior and go on a road trip to the mountains for some skiing, or start conjuring plans about where you could drive when the weather gets nicer. If you are a Metromile customer, any miles driven over 150/day will be free!

If you find yourself driving less than 200 miles per week, you could save a ton of money with pay-per-mile insurance. Ready to see how much you could save?