Transport is expensive.
As such, many Australians expect to pay more for their transport.
That’s why, in the past, most of us have had to use a combination of high-volume, high-value services to get the goods we need.
But there are a few big surprises that will save us money, and it will not be for the first time.
In the next couple of weeks, the AFR has been asked to recommend some of the things we’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about: how we can save money on transport and how to get that savings.
Here are five of the biggest savings to be made in the next six months, based on the recommendations.1.
Make the car go fasterYou’ve probably already done this yourself.
But if you’re not already familiar with it, let’s say you’re travelling to and from work and you want to take a car in the morning and go to a meeting at the end of the day.
This is one of the big reasons why we’re so reliant on car ownership in Australia.
But a new study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has found that, compared to other countries, Australians are more likely to be stuck with high prices for fuel and delivery because they pay the freight charge for all of their journeys.
The AFR says this is because of the price of petrol in Australia, which is often significantly higher than the international average.
But while it may seem like this is an example of high freight prices, the authors argue that it is actually a reflection of how much money Australians pay for the freight that they do not get to use.
The authors looked at the cost of freight and found that Australians paid an average of $3,611 for the average day of driving, compared with $2,038 in France, $2.05 in Germany, and $2 in the UK.
In other words, while the average freight charge in the United States was $1.23 per kilometre (kilometres or miles), in Australia it was $0.71 per kilometres (kilometers or miles).2.
Use less fuelWhen you drive to work, there are usually a few things you’re likely to need to buy.
But for some people, the most important items can often be a car and a gas tank.
The most common fuel used for transport is petrol and diesel.
But many people also drive to and use gas for heating and cooking, so it’s often cheaper to buy more fuel than to buy less fuel.3.
Don’t have to carry luggageWhen you’re driving, you probably think about what to carry and how much you want it to cost.
But that can get expensive.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says a passenger car costs between $1,200 and $1 of that to haul on average, but the amount you spend on luggage for the same journey can be significantly higher.
The data shows that for each dollar of cost savings you are able to achieve by reducing your weight by 20 per cent, you save $2 on the average journey.
But that’s not all.
The study found that a 15 per cent weight reduction would reduce your weight to a more sustainable level of 1,600kg, compared the $4,200 savings achieved by carrying less luggage.
This is because the Australian Bureau has shown that weight loss can save you money in the long run, even if you’ve not lost weight in the first place.4.
Get a free train tripInstead of paying $7,500 a year for a coach, a study from the Institute of Public Affairs found that people in Western Australia can save $100 on a one-way trip from Sydney to Canberra, while an Australian-made coach from Perth to Canberra costs $5,000 a year.5.
Make sure you have enough spaceThe Australian Taxation Office estimates that people with higher incomes will save more than $100 a year by using more flexible financial arrangements.
For example, you could get a refund for an extra $2 a week in your superannuation account.
But this can only be done if you have an approved deposit with the tax office, which you don’t have in most cases.
You could also choose to be more generous with your contribution to your super.
You could have a maximum contribution of $10,000, and you could contribute as little as $2 to your tax bill, and as much as $3 to your salary.
For more ideas on how to save money, check out our guide on saving for retirement.