Personal transportation costs can eat into your monthly budget. Finding cheaper and alternative ways to travel can help pad your pocketbook. While some cost nothing, others cost a fragment of owning and operating a car. Choose your personal transportation to fit your lifestyle and know that in addition to helping your pocketbook, you will also be helping the environment since most methods are much more eco-friendly than automobiles.
Walking or Jogging
One tried-and-true method of cheap personal transportation is walking or jogging. In urban areas, it is very quick and easy to get around on foot. While it might be problematic getting groceries or supplies home, you can always purchase a sturdy bag or travelling cart. You will also save on memberships at health clubs and gyms since you will be getting a lot of exercise.
Bicycles and Motorcyles
Two-wheeled vehicles are another favourite method of personal transportation. Bicycles have been used as a method of transportation since the early 1900s. In 2008 alone, 18.5 million bicycles were sold according to the National Bicycle Dealers Association. As of 2010, the yearly cost to operate a bicycle is around £260, which is pocket change compared to the £6,500 a year the AAA says it costs to operate a car. While a little more costly than a bicycle, motorcycles are another cheaper way of personal transportation since they cost less in gas and upkeep than a car does.
While Segways are used mostly by mall cops, tour companies and theme park employees, they can also be used by ordinary people looking for personal transport. Segway prices range from anywhere £2,600 to £5,200. A battery charge lasts from 15 to 25 miles while the maximum speed is 12.5mph. Not only will you be saving money using a Segway, but you can also have the peace of mind knowing you are doing something for the environment since they have zero emissions.
Public transit is available in the form of buses and the subway. It is inexpensive enough that you can often catch a ride from your spare change. You also do not have to worry about vehicle wear and tear. Public transportation is also a great idea if you need a little more time in your day to relax, catch up on e-mails or read a book.