Fuel savings for everyday commuters is a big issue.
But some people are finding that the easiest way to save fuel is to drive less.
For those who have a hard time getting around the city, a car can be a boon.
But there are also people who are driving a lot of miles.
And many of those commuters may be going back and forth between jobs.
“If you have a job that requires a lot more time away from home, you might be better off with a car,” says John Ritter, a managing director at the marketing company A.T. Kearney.
He says that people who do a lot less driving can benefit from the idea of commuting to work, and if they do, the extra time can be worth the extra money.
Ritter says it’s important to keep in mind that not all commuting is created equal.
“I think the fact that you’re in a car and commuting is not always the best option is the main factor in your decision,” he says.
If you want to reduce the amount of time you spend commuting, Ritter recommends looking at the factors you consider when choosing a car.
If it’s a smaller car, Riter says it might be more affordable.
But if you’re commuting long distances, Ritters says, it’s worth investing in a bigger vehicle, which may also be more fuel efficient.
“That’s a little bit harder to say,” he adds.
If all you do is drive, Ritchie says, you can get the most out of a car by not driving it very much.
“You could use it for things like shopping, going for a run, exercising,” he explains.
And if you do decide to drive, you’ll need to plan your route around traffic.
“Just remember that when you go somewhere, you’re going on a trip,” he advises.
You’ll probably be traveling at least 10,000 miles a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and you’ll be doing so on public roads, which tend to be a lot slower than in the suburbs.
“When you’re on a public road, you have to deal with other traffic,” says Ritchie.
“In the suburbs, there’s no traffic and no other cars, so there’s less of a need for a vehicle.”