When considering the cost of driving, most people think only about how much they pay for gas. Drivers also pay to buy and maintain a car, including tune-ups, oil and tires, as well as for insurance, registration, and parking.
Indirect costs of driving, such as road construction and maintenance, add to driversí financial burden through taxes and fees. In addition, there are quality of life costs that drivers and non-drivers alike pay to support automobile transportation. Though challenging to quantify, these added impacts include air pollution, traffic congestion, and health care.
Use this educational tool to calculate both your out-of-pocket Direct Driver's Expenses and the Indirect Costs of your driving habits. Once you consider the true cost of driving alone, other transportation options such as carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus, walking, riding a bike or telecommuting may look more attractive. Call 831.429.POOL or visit us online at commutesolutions.org for a list of potential carpool partners or for help planning your next bike, bus or walking trip to from, or within Santa Cruz County, CA. For more information about how these expenses are determined, please visit the True Cost of Driving Article.
TO CALCULATE YOUR TRUE COST OF DRIVING...
- Enter information about your commute and driving habits.
- Use the driver costs provided (based on California driving conditions) or change amounts to reflect your own expenses.
- The calculator gives you your annual vehicle mileage and calculates your true cost of driving.