How much does it cost you to drive to work each day? Most people don’t realize that transportation costs to and from work can end up being one of their largest monthly expenditures, and so here at C2G we’re working on tools that make it easy for people to quickly obtain this information.
When we built the ‘galculator’ back in 2008 we wanted to make the engine behind C2G’s applications versatile enough to address multiple audiences. The focus of our initial product, Cost2Drive, hit its mark with travelers as nearly 50% of the more than 1/2 million routes entered by users have been for trips over 1,000 miles (each way). This makes sense as its a perfect tool for planning car trips, especially given the innovative ‘flight vs. drive’ cost comparison feature on Cost2Drive.com.
Another audience we always believed to be relevant was people shopping for new homes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the second largest consumer expenditure is transportation, of which gasoline and motor oil comprise a sizable chunk at nearly 5% of all expenditures.
With so much money at stake we felt there was value in creating a tool to help consumers better anticipate these expenditures when buying a new home, and so it didn’t come as a surprise when we were approached to build a commuting calculator for RE/MAX, a global real estate network of franchisee-owned and -operated offices with more than 90,000 affiliated independent sales professionals.
Today we’re delighted to announce that the Commute Calculator is now live on remax.com and all of their affiliated websites across the US. To try out the application visit a property listing page on one of these sites and click on the ‘Calculate Commute’ link in the upper right hand corner of the page. The property listing address will automatically appear as the Home Address, so all you need to do is enter your work address and vehicle information and the Commute Calculator will determine how long your daily commute will take and how much it will cost in monthly fuel charges based on current gas prices near the property address.
Not in the market to buy a house but still interested in discovering your monthly commuting costs? No problem, simply visit one of these pages and replace the property address with your own home address. Add in your work address and your car information and you’re set to go.
Check it out and let us know what you think. Meanwhile stay tuned for some other exciting new tools we’ll be releasing in the coming weeks.