When asked to identify what they had to forego in order to accommodate higher fuel prices, workers reported they:
Given the cost of gas today, 60 percent of workers said they would be willing to drive up to 20 miles to the office. Twenty-nine percent would only drive up to 10 miles while 10 percent would only drive up to five miles.
"Today’s workers have had to modify personal budgets, spending choices and commuting habits to manage the adverse effects today’s gas prices have had on their pocketbooks," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.com. "One-in-ten workers said they would take a pay cut for a job with a shorter commute."
Haefner recommends the following tips to stretch your commuting dollars:
2) Try carpooling - Not only does carpooling promote a healthier environment, it also contributes to a healthier bank account. Eight percent of workers said they catch a ride to the office with co-workers. Of these workers, 22 percent estimated they save more than $50 per week carpooling and 51 percent save more than $25 per week.
3) Take mass transit - Catching a bus or train can cut down on costs and travel times. Seven percent of workers said they are taking public transportation to and from work instead of driving due to rising energy costs.
4) Telecommute - The cheapest way to travel is no travel at all. More employers today are offering flexible work arrangements and may accommodate a request to work from home a day or two to help mitigate commute costs.
5) Get in shape - Take advantage of the warm weather to walk or ride your bike to work if the commute length allows for it.
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