The Real Cost of Driving
Driving to work costs much more than just the price of gas. When determining the reimbursement rate per mile driven, the government takes into consideration wear on tires and belts, the need for frequent oil and filter changes and the depreciation of the value of a car with higher miles. When all of this plus the price of gas is used to estimate the real cost per mile, the number is typically somewhere around 50 cents. That means, even if you only live 10 miles from work, chances are you are paying more than $2,500 a year to get to work.
With gas at almost $4 per gallon, there is a less expensive way to travel: carpooling. Carpooling can save money, reduce stress and offer convenience. Calculate the savings realized from carpooling and vanpooling.
How can you carpool to work?
It's easy. Below are websites divided by regions in New York state. (Some regions do not yet have sites.) They are free and easy to use, and you can choose to ride just with other Empire State College employees. Click the links below for an instructional video of how to get started.
Employees working in Saratoga Springs and Latham
Employees in the Metropolitan area and Long Island
Note: This website does not have the capability to match you exclusively with Empire State College colleagues. There is an option to put in your workplace, but you still will be matched with others who live and work nearby.