Most of us rely on a driver owned vehicle for our commute to work, but there are some who need to lean extra hard on their trusty steed. Travelling sales professionals, lawyers, touring actors musicians or DJs, peripatetic teachers and serial temps can all find themselves travelling far and wide in order to earn a crust. If your livelihood is intrinsically tied to your vehicle, it’s vital that you know how to save money on driving wherever you can. Whether it’s searching for the cheapest place to buy fuel, modifying your driving style to suit the terrain or knowing what to do when things go wrong can make the difference between a thrifty life on the road and bankrupting ourselves with unnecessary car costs. Follow these golden rules and you’ll find that the costs of life on the road become a whole lot more manageable…
Buy new if you can
Many buy used vehicles for the initial upfront saving, yet this can prove to be a false economy. Newer vehicles represent a better deal to many drivers for a number of reasons. In most cases a newer vehicle will retain greater resale value, they will require far less in terms of running and maintenance costs and you’ll likely have a few years’ free servicing thrown in there as well. If your work and lifestyle place a lot of strain on your vehicle, an older and cheaper vehicle may well be a worse long term investment as not only would a breakdown necessitate huge repair costs but potential loss of a vehicle which could cripple your earnings.
Act quickly and decisively when caught out
When you spend hours and hours a day on the road, you’re statistically much more likely to run afoul of the law. Whether it’s parking violations, speeding fines, running the occasional red light or even causing an accident by driving while tired. In all cases it’s important to act quickly and decisively to mitigate the damage to your financial wellbeing and job security. This could mean that you need to hire a specialist legal representative like Geherin Law Group, PLLC to help save your driver’s license. It could simply mean paying off speeding or parking charges within two weeks (as this usually means that the fine is reduced when paid quickly). As tempting as it can be to bury our heads in the sand when things go wrong, it can lead to a lot of unnecessary expense.
Remember, you can change car insurance at any time!
One thing that many of us forget is that we don’t need to wait until our current policy has expired before moving on to a new policy. In some cases this can lead us to lose out on some pretty substantial savings. It’s always worth checking the market every once in a while for new deals as these may save a fortune on your existing policy while even improving your cover. In some cases you may have to pay a cancellation charge but even if this is the case, it could well be eclipsed by the savings made.