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Summertime Savings: Alternatives to the Gas-Guzzling Car

According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in Philadelphia stands at about $3.79, that’s up $0.25 from last summer. Between cranking the air conditioning on those scorching hot days and driving the kids to and from summer camp, this season can take a toll on your gas tank and your wallet. Fortunately, there are a few alternatives you can try this summer that will help you avoid a trip to the gas station every single week. 

  • Walking. This one’s a given. Instead of driving to local spots, walking is a healthy (and free!) option. Just remember, staying hydrated is important on hot days.
  • Biking. Chances are you’re storing a bike in your garage that you haven’t ridden in years. Summer is the perfect opportunity to brush off the dust and give it another go. Biking is another healthy alternative to your car when making trips around town. And it’s a much cheaper option than driving a car – just consider the cost of upkeep for a bike compared to a car.
  • Mass Transit. Monthly passes for local buses, trains and subways (check out SEPTA passes here) end up saving you more than paying for the price of gas and car maintenance. Plus, you can enjoy the added benefit of having someone else drive you, which frees up your time to read, listen to music or just relax.
  • Carpooling. Take turns with coworkers or friends and carpool to where you’re going. Not only does this save on gas and decrease pollution, some insurance companies even offer discounts to those who frequently carpool.
  • Car sharing. Car sharing is great if you only need a car for short periods of time. It works like a short-term car rental service in which vehicles are placed throughout a service area allowing users to access them at any time. It is entirely self-service, making it a convenient way to get around.

If none of these options seem feasible, there are still things you can do to get the most gas mileage out of your car. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, as this can improve your overall fuel economy. It’s also important to stay up-to-date with your car’s maintenance schedule to ensure that it’s running at its most efficient level. Lastly, try to plan your errands in advance to combine all of your tasks into a single trip.

You don’t have to stop driving your car entirely, but it’s a good idea to try other alternatives to getting around once in a while. Your wallet will thank you.

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