- A used motorcycle is a much cheaper alternative to a car.motorcycle 2 image by Vitezslav Halamka from Fotolia.com
A car can be useful in getting from one place to another, but many people don't have the means for the financial commitment involved in car ownership. Others may be able to afford a vehicle, but are keen to seek out more environmentally friendly alternatives.
- Opting for a motorcycle instead of a car is a quick way to save money on transportation and reduce your gas consumption. Check consumer reports for information on long-lasting, safe models that have lower emissions. Motorcycles with smaller engines tend to be safer and cheaper to insure. If you live with someone who has a vehicle insurance policy, you may be able to add your motorcycle onto their policy at a reduced price. If you're a first-time rider, you might need to take a safety class and get an endorsement on your license. Check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles for more information on requirements.
- Using public transportation may be the most cost-efficient way to travel while helping to protect the environment by cutting down on passengers' potential automobile emissions. Call your local transit authority and find out what forms of public transportation are available in the areas that you regularly travel through. Ask if they have any special programs for regular travelers or offer discounted pre-paid travel cards.
- If you live within biking distance of work or school, using a bicycle as your main means of transportation can be healthy for the Earth, your wallet and your body. Researching bikes before you buy is a must; a well-made bicycle will last longer and be easier to ride than one that's poorly constructed. Once you have a manufacturer in mind, check your local classified ads for used bikes. Keep track of any weight you lose -- and muscle tone gained -- and the gas money you save each day to stay motivated to use your bike.