Imagine showing up to class on one of these.
Whether by foot or by bike, students who live on campus usually face little hassle when trying to get to classes, lectures or labs. Unlike their on-campus counterparts, students who live off-campus must be resourceful as they track their commute and plan their daily travels. Below are four modes of transportation for commuters.
Buses can be a great public transportation option for the cost-conscious commuter. They will cost you close to nothing, and nothing is the best price when you’re in college. The downside to riding the bus is that you have to plan your schedule around the bus schedule, which could potentially be an inconvenience. Also, you can meet some unique characters on the bus, so once you give it a try you can determine whether this is a pro or con for you.
The moped is the most polarizing of the options. On one hand, mopeds offer the best gas mileage, anywhere from 70 to over 100 miles per gallon. But they only reach about 35 miles an hour, and they can be dangerous. Driving 35 in a section where the speed limit is 65 is never a good idea. They aren’t as sturdy as motorcycles, and less noisy and noticeable to other drivers. Because of this, mopeds are best for people who don’t have to drive on major highways.
Cars are an expensive option when the price of insurance and the purchase of a car itself are both considered. But if you live with your parents, borrowing their car could be an option. Keep in mind that parents usually won’t pay for gas, and gas can get quite expensive. A smart way to cut down on these costs is to carpool and split any expenses, such as parking or gas. Also, many schools encourage carpooling by offering carpool decals, which allow you to park closer to campus than other drivers.
Motorcycles have better gas mileage than cars. The exact numbers vary, depending on the model, engine size, speed and riding style, but the average is around 50 miles per gallon. Motorcycle prices vary as much as the gas mileage, but you can get a decent motorcycle for far less than a car. The cons of this mode of transportation are that it’s proven to be more dangerous than cars and many drivers on the road are not as careful as they should be around motorcycles.
You may have other options depending on where you live, but the above modes of transportation will work for most college students. Remember, when in college, it isn’t important to have the nicest car or the sweetest motorcycle; just get something that gets the job done for now. The time to get your dream vehicle is after graduating and getting a job.
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