A household study has found that the average family in the U.S.A spends $9,004 a year, on transportation costs. Housing took up most of the family budget, but transport came above all other expenditures, including: household bills, recreation, and food. For some this statistic would be enough to sway them towards more economic modes of transport such as lift shares, buses, or trains. However, for families it is a little more complicated. The thought of maintaining a busy schedule without the family car would strike terror into the hearts of most parents. Consequently, the expense of running a vehicle may be viewed as a necessary evil. However, this does not have to be the case. The following are a series of money saving ideas for running your family car.
Used car dealerships
When looking for a new family car, many people have their heads turned by the latest models. Instead of being swayed by smooth talking and the flashy ads, why not think outside of the box? One way of doing this is by considering used cars, you will save money, and you will also be surprised by the range of quality cars available to you. It could also be a great way for you to afford a car that you might not have been able to stretch to if it was new on the market.
Compare car insurance
If you struggle with a busy schedule, the thought of trawling through car insurance options may sound like a nightmare. However, with the rise of comparison sights, looking for car insurance doesn’t have to be quite so painful. Instead you can easily ensure that you are getting the best deal for your money. Once you have experienced the joy of reducing your costs, you will be hooked! Why not think about what you will spend the money on instead, this way you will have an incentive to persevere.
Join a lift club
Although it may not be possible for you to rely on lift shares as an alternative to your car, you may want to consider joining a lift club. Lift clubs are often formed by a group of school parents who live in a similar area. School lifts are divided into a timetable, with each parent doing their fair share of driving. This is a great way of reducing the number of times you have to go out on the school run. However, if the school run fits easily into your day and you have spaces free in your car, you could arrange to drive other students at your children’s school. In return, their parents would contribute towards petrol, and your overall costs would be reduced.
Make sure that you are driving your car economically and that your kids remember to clear the boot whenever they get out, so that you aren’t carrying around the unnecessary weight of sports equipment and school books. If you have a bike rack on your car, this can also affect your miles per gallon. If you don’t use your bikes too often, remove the rack whenever possible. However, if that isn’t possible, try to avoid upstanding bike racks and instead opt for the most aerodynamic model available.