Here Are Some Ways To Fight High Gasoline Prices in West Michigan
Not to be "Captain Obvious" but with these gas prices climbing you may need to consider other options for transportation or skip some trips altogether.
High Gas Prices
Gas prices are definitely out of control and it looks like there is no ending in sight. For those who live close to work and don't go a lot of places, well it sucks but it's manageable. Now for those who drive long distances to and from work or use their vehicle for their jobs things are not as manageable.
Carpooling for those who share long drives with co-workers is always an option. There are generally places to park to meet someone along most West Michigan highways. There are rideshare apps available if you don't have a co-worker that lives close to you.
If you are in downtown areas an e-scooter can be a great option. They are all over downtown Grand Rapids that you can pay to use. These are also not very expensive, you can purchase your own for around $300.
A gas scooter costs a bit more than an e-scooter but some can go as high as 75 miles per hour. For those who live on the outskirts of town or in rural locations, a gas scooter can be a great option for tackling the high gas prices.
With warm temperatures coming up in West Michigan and if you have a reasonable commute to and from work, a trusty bicycle may be a big help in saving money and getting some exercise. I work with a guy that rides his bike to and from work 8 to 9 months of the year and he saves a ton of cash.
If you are looking for a particular bike, you may want to get a headstart on the competition because there are reports that bikes are already flying out of bike stores around the state of Michigan.
Maybe your vehicle has about had it and you have been thinking of getting a new one? This might be the time you take that leap in getting an electric vehicle. Most of the major automakers have models to choose from and in the next 10 to 20 years it will be the only option, maybe you make the move now. Here is a link to some of the most affordable vehicles available today.
Public Transportation may be your best option if you live in an area that has it. That will great for people living in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Battle Creek but may not be the best answer for those in more rural less populated areas.
Uber is great way to use someone else's gas to get you around but with gas prices rising you can believe that Uber/Lyft and other ride services will be passing that cost on to you.
Walking more may be a great option than driving if where you are going is within a reasonable walk. I guess we have to ask ourselves more, is it really worth driving to a location?
Skip Vacations or Nights Out on the Town
Is going out really nessecary? Maybe staying home and untilizing your streaming service may be a better option than driving into to town then going bar to bar. Maybe there are vacations that can be put off that involve driving or schedule something closer to home like a staycation.
These are just suggestions right now, but down the road these may become better options for all us to look into. I drive a truck a long distance to and from work and its hitting me hard and I have only had this vehicle a couple of months and already looking at other options. You may need to do the same.