THE money TIP
One of the easiest ways to save money is to share a ride to work and back every day. If you don’t know of anyone you can share a route with, you could try CarTrip.
This is a ride-sharing service that uses a website or mobile app that enables drivers to connect with people who are commuting along the same route.
However, you must remember to factor in other costs before using the service – booking fees are added to the price of the ride when the passenger pays online.
The fees include a fixed amount of R2.50 and a variable amount of 15% of the sum paid to the driver, which covers banking fees, and SMS and email fees. VAT (14%) is then added to the sum of these two amounts.
Chris Faure, the founder of CarTrip, says: “If you estimate that most people drive a round trip to work of about 30km each day – and that many cars use 4 to 5 litres of fuel per 30km – if you carpool with one other person for a full year, you would save about 1 000 litres of petrol.”