Carefree Commuter Challenge: July 2008
My car gets about 27mpg. Gas is about $4.40/gal for plus since I have turbo. It cost me about $8.15 to drove to work and back. If I drive to work 5 times a week for 52 then I’m spending $2,119 just in gas ($176.45/month). This does not take into account maintenance, insurance or other side trips.
I’ve been trying to work from home about two days a week, with limited success. Not driving two days a week saves me $847.60 or about ($70.63/month). But the amazing thing to note here is that if I work from home two days a week for a year I save my self from sitting in a car for 200 hours per year. (If I drive 5 days a week then it is almost 500 hours per year!) Imagine what I could get done in what in that amount of time! This is the real tipping point for working from home.
Sitting in a car is dead time. There is very few productive and safe things that you can do. I do books on tape and catch up with friends on the phone while I’m pushing the clutch in and out. I take the bus/train when it is convenient. I’m able to use the time to read, work on the computer or just relax and clear my mind. Rarely have I had Mass Transit Rage.
So July is the Carefree Commuter Challenge. So I plan to step up to the plate and track how often I REALLY drive into work. I’m going to double my efforts to take mass transit if I must go in and try to go into the office a little as possible. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Let me know your story with cars. I’d be interested to hear about your relationship with your car and what you might be able to do to reduce your time behind the wheel.