Tips for saving on your commute amid high inflation

Aug 11, 2022, 7:08 AM | Updated: 7:24 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Gas prices are falling but still higher than they were a year ago. And inflation has made most everything else more expensive. If you’re looking to save money on your commute, here are some tips:



AAA recommends avoiding traffic and adjusting your normal route in order to avoid unnecessary driving. When possible, visit “one-stop shops” where you can run multiple errands in the same space and only use premium gas for cars that either recommend it or require it.

“Paying for premium gas for a car that is regular is a waste of money and is of no benefit to the vehicle,” according to AAA.


Driving the speed limit can help you save money. Most vehicles reach optimal fuel economy at 50 mph. For every 5 mph you drive over that, it can cost an additional 30 cents per gallon, according to

For more tips to save on fuel, the U.S. government offers recommendations such as how to choose a fuel-efficient vehicle and how to save on gas during hot or cold weather conditions.


You can save on money by looking at which gas stations offer cheaper gas prices.

“While there’s no silver bullet to supreme savings on this global commodity, a gas app can help you pinch pennies,” NerdWallet wrote in an article ranking the five best gas apps.


Since the beginning of the pandemic, local and state governments have provided economic relief in various ways.

Vicente Gonzalez, a postal worker in Boyle Heights, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, who has experienced economic difficulties from both the pandemic and inflation, has benefitted from both government and community help.

“I was able to benefit from backpack giveaways, mental health services and food distributions,” said Gonzalez, who also helped in some food distribution efforts in his community.

Some cities and states are providing aid packages to help residents to manage rising inflation and high gas prices. Colorado is sending $750 to individuals to battle the rising costs and Chicago is sending gas cards of $150 and prepaid transit cards of $50 to eligible residents.


San Jose State University professor Asha Weinstein Agrawal recommends carpooling, even if it’s only once a week. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 9% percent of commuters carpool.



Even working from home one day a week can make a difference. If a job is remote-friendly, employers should be open to the idea of covering some of the commute costs at least temporarily, said Abbie Langston, director of equitable economy at PolicyLink, a national research institute.

If that’s not feasible, Yanira Merino, national president of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, proposes that people talk with their employers about economic incentives to pay for the commute.

“I think this is a time to organize our community and try to do it as much as possible in places where public transportation is not available to us,” Merino said.


Children, students and people over 65 are among those who may qualify for discounts.

For example, the New York City MetroCard has a reduced fare for people over 65 or who have qualifying disabilities or a service animal. Los Angeles Metro also offers a low-income discount for citizens who make under $41,400 a year.


Buying 10-day or monthly packages, depending how often you use public transportation, can help you save money.

Boston subway users, for example, can buy a one-day unlimited pass, which allows you to travel in several types of public transportation, for $11 but can buy a seven-day unlimited pass for $22.50. If you commute five days a week, you would save $32.50 if you buy the seven-day pass.


With pre-tax benefits, employees are not taxed for the part of their income that is spent on commuting costs. The monthly maximum amount that people can use as pre-tax benefits is $280, according to the IRS.


The Associated Press receives support from Charles Schwab Foundation for educational and explanatory reporting to improve financial literacy. The independent foundation is separate from Charles Schwab and Co. Inc. The AP is solely responsible for its journalism.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


(Facebook Photo/City of San Luis, Arizona)...
Associated Press

San Luis authorities receive complaints about 911 calls going across border

Authorities in San Luis say they are receiving more complaints about 911 calls mistakenly going across the border.
4 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Daylight saving time begins in most of US this weekend

No time change is observed in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
12 days ago
Mexican army soldiers prepare a search mission for four U.S. citizens kidnapped by gunmen in Matamo...
Associated Press

How the 4 abducted Americans in Mexico were located

The anonymous tip that led Mexican authorities to a remote shack where four abducted Americans were held described armed men and blindfolds.
12 days ago
Tom Brundy points to a newly built irrigation canal on one of the fields at his farm Tuesday, Feb. ...
Associated Press

Southwest farmers reluctant to idle farmland to save water

There is a growing sense that fallowing will have to be part of the solution to the increasingly desperate drought in the West.
19 days ago
A young bison calf stands in a pond with its herd at Bull Hollow, Okla., on Sept. 27, 2022. The cal...
Associated Press

US aims to restore bison herds to Native American lands after near extinction

U.S. officials will work to restore more large bison herds to Native American lands under a Friday order from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
19 days ago
Children play in a dried riverbed in Flassans-sur-Issole, southern France, Wednesday, March 1, 2023...
Associated Press

Italy, France confront 2nd year of western Europe drought

ROME (AP) — Bracing for Italy’s second consecutive year of drought for the first time in decades, Premier Giorgia Meloni huddled with ministers Wednesday to start mapping out an action plan Wednesday, joining France and other nations in western Europe grappling with scant winter rain and snow. Meloni and her ministers decided to appoint an […]
21 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

Celebrate 50 years of Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade magic!

Since its first production in the early 1970s, the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe has been a staple of Valley traditions, bringing family fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix.
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
Tips for saving on your commute amid high inflation