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How To Drive For Free

By Edited Apr 1, 2016 0 2

It is possible to eliminate your fuel costs

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Fuel is expensive. It's a wonder that there are more cars on the road today than ever before when you consider how much it costs for one measly tank of fuel. Gasoline is well over $1.10 per litre where I live and it's cheap here compared to many other places in the world. It is however, completely possible to drive for free. There are ways that you can eliminate or offset the cost of your fuel and stop pouring your hard-earned money into your gas tank.

If you want to drive for free, you need to let go of some of your conventional ideas about getting places. We are addicted to going where we want when we want in a car that's a large as we want with as much range as we want. Open up your mind a little bit on how you view transportation and you will see how easy it is to eliminate the cost of fuelling your vehicle.

Here are 4 ways you can drive for free.

1. Get a diesel, and get it running on vegetable oil

Diesels will run on free waste vegetable oil that can be obtained at nearly any restaurant nationwide. Restaurant owners have to pay companies to recycle this oil for them and are often happy to have you take it off of their hands for free. A simple conversion kit will have your diesel running on either straight vegetable oil or on a combination of diesel/vegetable oil. Of course, there is a cost to buy the kit but you will recover this in no time when you're driving on free vegetable oil.

Here's an example of a Mercedes running on vegetable oil

2. Buy or build an electric car

The beauty of a car that runs on electricity is that there are plenty of ways to produce it. If you invest in some solar panels or wind turbines to generate your own electricity, you could easily drive for free on power that you produced yourself. If this sounds difficult, think again. Solar panels and wind generators are available for purchase at normal hardware and auto parts stores all over North America now. They generate a small amount of electricity and would take some time to charge a car, but could provide you with free electricity for a lifetime which is well-worth the investment.

3. Use your truck to do odd jobs

If you have a truck, this is an awesome way to drive for free. I have done this personally in the past and it's a fantastic way to pay for all of your fuel and have some extra money left over. Put ads up on craigslist, kijiji, and any other local classified sites offering to do hauling for a fee. You will be surprised at the response you get. There are many people around without a pickup truck who need a refrigerator, couch or bed moved and are happy to pay you to drive it for them. I found that doing even one job like this per week paid me enough that I could drive for free the rest of the time. I got ambitious and started renting a trailer to do larger moving jobs. There's more money in this but it will consume more of your time.

4. Rent your car out when you're not using it

Perhaps you have some friends or relatives that don't have their own car and just need one to use occasionally. Why not rent them yours? Make it cheap enough that it's a good deal for them but still pays you enough so that you can drive for free. This type of arrangement won't work for everybody as some people are personal about their cars and don't like others driving them. If you seldom use your vehicle however, you should consider this. Of course rent your car out only to somebody you trust.

If you're willing to be open-minded and a little creative, there are ways you can drive for free. If you insist on driving your huge SUV with only yourself in it dozens of miles each day, it will continue to cost you more and more of your hard-earned cash in fuel. It's up to you.




Feb 28, 2013 8:07am
A very good idea to rent your car to friends.I never thought of that!
Thanks for the good tips.
Feb 28, 2013 10:01am
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Feb 28, 2013 10:02am
Thanks for reading!
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