I talked to many of you guys back in early May about commuting to work and getting less car dependent.
WOW have I learned a ton by actually commuting to work by bike.
So here is the deal. I started in mid May and now have 670 Miles of Work Commuting on my bike. This 670 miles equates toa about 1300 miles by car since roads go around the city versus str8 through it. I ride about 1 to 3 times a week with an average of about 1.95 times a week.
What have I learned. Cars are expensive as Heck ! I mean really expensive.
My average gas bill when we both drove was about $350.00 a month.
As of now My wife an I car pool. I never thougth about sharing the same car but I talked her into me dropping her off on days I do not ride to work. This is a huge savings in gas and Auto Maintenance. She has a Volve S80 Here is the break down of my expenses and my Savings.
1. 1 Car Hyndi Elantra Gas for 1 month about 180.00 which is alot but I save 150.00
2. I changed Insurance companies for car insurance I saved 600.00 every year or about 50.00 a month.
3. I Talked to my insurance agent an Asked about Low mileage cars. He stated that we could put my wifes care on less than 7500 miles a year which would save about 20.00 a month more.
4. When the weather gets nasty I might just cancel Insurance on my wifes car for 3 months, which would be November, December and January. Saving of about 175.00 for that period.
Month Gas 350.00 Insurance 150.00 = total Monthly Expense $500.00
Yearly $6000.00 + untold Maintenance epenses such as Tires, OIL Changes.
Month Gas 190 Insurance 75 = total Monthly Expense $265.00
Yearly costs $3180. + Untold Maintenance.
The truth is I would have never thought about any of this without biking to work. I would have never changed insurance, or car pooled with my wife or even thought about canceling my insurance during the winter.
I will try harder next year to totally get rid of my car but that is going to be a battle between my wife an I.
I am trying to bike more it is that my legs are not in shape enough right now.
Thanks for hearing my out and anythoughts ??