With gas prices up again, many Calgarians are feeling pretty cranky about that drive to and from work every day. According to Stats Canada, most commuters in Canada take between 45 and 90 minutes a day to get to and from work. This roughly adds up to between 195 and 390 hours spent in the car every year. When you factor in the cost of transportation and the cost of these lost hours, it may become evident that you could be spending time in your day much more pleasantly.
While the following strategies may not work in all situations, it can be well worth trying to find a workable solution to help you save your money and your sanity!
Take public transit or car pool
When you’re not driving, you’re free to do other things. You can do work, or you can take the time to work on things for home, or even just read. Not being behind the wheel can save you a lot of stress if you live in a busy area too; being stuck in a traffic jam for 15 minutes can feel like an eternity if you’re driving, but is much easier to deal with if you can immerse yourself in the morning paper.
Work from home
More and more businesses are opening up to the idea that telecommuting is the wave of the future. This saves the employee the hassle and expense of driving to and from work every day and the expense for the employer of leasing office space. Sadly, this idea is taking a long time to gain widespread acceptance because many employers still believe that telecommuting would make employees less productive with no one to watch over their shoulder.
Live closer to work
While this isn’t always an option, many Calgarians could benefit from living in a more proximal location to their workplace than they currently reside. The city offers a wide range of Northwest Calgary homes for sale and condos in and around the downtown core where so many of the city’s residents live. Homes near downtown Calgary aren’t all prohibitively expensive either; while there are many luxurious homes to be found in this area, there are many more modestly priced properties as well.