Planning Ways To Drive Less

Now that gasoline prices have become an issue, it's easier and easier to ask for accommodations from friends and colleagues - and to carpool - meet at central locations, etc.

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Just yesterday I discussed meeting a colleague at a midpoint by using the L.A. subway into the valley. And since that is the highest cost of getting from the valley into anywhere in Hollywood (and vice versa), I have considered a combination of subway and taxi if I were without a car! The rest of the time, I work from HOME and my husband uses our most gas efficient car.

Luckily, I live at the old transportation hub of Hollywood, so there are alternatives in public transit for me which I know I can rely on in am emergency. Sad to say, using the bus, for example, is such a slow and painful process that I don't take them except when I have no other alternative! And the subway is nice but only goes north/south - not east/west where I would like to go!

By Pamphyila

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June 7, 20080 found this helpful

I moved from live L.A. in 2003 but I got rid of my car the previous year and was fortunate enough to utilize the train system. I lived in Los Feliz and could walk down to the Vermont/Sunset station. Also, there was a very convenient bus that could take me northeast through Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena & even to La Canada-Flintridge. It is possible to live in L.A. without a car!

I now live in the northwest corner of Massachusetts where a car is a necessity. Since I'm just 20 minutes away from Bennington VT, I go up there for major needs that I can't find in my own city. I use up less gas going there than I would if I drove south to Pittsfield MA. I limit my trips to Northampton (100+ mi R/T) and Boston (300+ mi R/T) or meet at a friend's house along the way to carpool.

I own a Honda Civic, so I get excellent gas mileage. The biggest change I've made to conserve gas is that I've scheduled my grocery shopping. Since I have a limited income I've had to learn to plan more so now I just have learned to plan my trips. I go out with my neighbor twice a month to do bulk shopping. If I have to pick up other things, outside those trips, I piggy-back it with other trips. It takes planning... lots & lots of planning.

Whenever I can, I shop on the internet as well. There's no sense in driving 30 miles to buy printing ink when I can have it delivered to my door. Overall, I'm just being mindful of how & when I use my car.

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