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Use carpooling to save money on travel costs ahead of more parking fees in Jo'burg…

by , 26 March 2013

Joburg motorists already face many travel-related expenses. In addition to the ever-rising petrol price and e-tolls, you'll pay more for parking on the streets soon as over two dozen areas in Johannesburg are being assessed for the possible introduction of paid parking schemes. But there are some ways to save money on your travel costs…
The petrol price is expected to go up by another 1.4c a litre just in Gauteng next month now that Nersa has approved new tariffs for Transnet's petrol pipelines, says FSP Invest.
Now, you’re going to end up paying more for parking in Alexandra, Cyrildene, Midrand, Lenasia, Randburg, Roodepoort, Norwood, Melville, Rosebank, Pan Africa, Bellevue, Yeoville, Mayfair, Jabulani, Florida, Rosettenville, Emmarentia, Birnam, Illovo, Parkview, Fordsburg, Greenside, Linden, Rivonia, Craighall Park and Northcliff, says Fin24.
The reason?
The roads are being upgraded and made more accessible based on existing provisions for on- and off-street parking and delivery zones in the areas.
The audit has already started and is expected to be completed by June this year.
And that means you only have a few months to look into ways to save money on travel costs. 
Travelling a short distance? Ride a bicycle to save on petrol costs
In addition to taking care of your car and filling up with petrol at the right time of day to save how much you pay for petrol, ride a bicycle where possible to save on petrol costs –and you’ll get fit while doing so! 
Cape Town already has well-marked bike lanes and they’re on the cards for Jo’burg too.
But if you’re travelling a long distance or the same route regularly, carpooling is probably your best option, says PuneMovesTogether
Carpooling is the only way to safely save on travel costs!
You’ll reduce your petrol consumption when you travel in your friend’s car and save money when he travels in yours, as he’ll contribute to the petrol you use.
This is also a great option if you’re going out with friends in the evenings and you’ll be sure to always have a designated driver!
Carpooling’s also an option even if you’re the only one of your colleagues who lives in your area, as a number of websites let you add your listing to find a carpool or ride sharing club in your area.
Added bonus: If you carpool on the N1 between Jo’burg and Pretoria, you can offset your e-toll costs with less traffic, as SANRAL implemented a dedicated lane for High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) carrying three or more passengers in 2006. 
Just remember to use common sense when making seating arrangements – “big people in the front, smaller people in the back. Decide on radio use, smoking policies and other concerns before you start carpooling”, says ArriveAlive. 
It’s a great way to lower your impact on climate change, save money on travel costs and ultimately extend the lifespan of your car.

Use carpooling to save money on travel costs ahead of more parking fees in Jo'burg…
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