Canadian car owners spend $2,465, on average, annually on gas, consuming 1,926 litres. Driving a mid-sized vehicle also costs more than $10,000 annually.
Commuters who switch to transit just once a week would use, on average, 91 fewer litres of gas each year and save $215 in car expenses overall, including maintenance and depreciation.
Telecommuting two or three days a week can save a car owner $538 annually and reduce emissions 12 per cent, says the Pembina report.
A city dweller who commutes by bike three or four days a week, while still maintaining a car, can save up to $500 a year. Eliminate the car, and the same commuter spends $9,000 less annually on transportation.
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