How much do you really save when you Dump the Pump?
Did you know the average driver spends $2,250 annually* just filling up on gas? While gas prices may fluctuate this summer, many metro Atlantans can save money by trying a more fuel-efficient commute option.
June 21st is National Dump the Pump Day, a day that encourages people to take transit instead of driving a car. Try transit as your commute option for just one day and see how the roughly $5 round-trip fare saves you not only the stress of commuting in traffic, but puts cash back in your pocket.
Whether metro Atlanta drivers choose walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit or trying a FlexWork arrangement, commuters can save money and spend it on festivals, game tickets and more.
Consider what you could do with the money you save from a clean commute:
Expense: With a 12-gallon tank, the average cost to fill up a vehicle’s tank per week in metro Atlanta is more than $35, whereas a 7-day MARTA pass is $23.75.
Savings: You can treat yourself to coffee and a donut on your way to work each day at one of these 20 Essential Coffee Shops in Metro Atlanta.
Expense: The average cost of car insurance for a metro Atlanta driver is $1,335 annually. You don’t need insurance to ride transit.
Savings: With the cash you save, your group of 10 friends could get tickets to Music Midtown or to a festival on this list of Best Music Festivals in Metro Atlanta.
Expense: The American Public Transportation Association reports that owning and operating a vehicle in metro Atlanta costs $9,583 annually, when factoring in maintenance, parking, insurance and fuel costs. Twelve 30-day transit passes would cost $1,140 – saving you over $8,400 per year.
Savings: With $8,400, you could purchase tickets to the Super Bowl or take a vacation to Greece.
*This average is based on a vehicle that get 20 MPG driving 15,000 miles per year, with the average cost of gas at $3 per gallon.