Do you ever stress about the miles you are putting on your car while working?
This seems to be stressing me out lately! I am trying to group my patients by area, but it just doesn't always work out that way.
Sometimes I consider getting a more economical car (EV, PHEV, or hybrid), but I don't fret the miles. Stressing about what we cannot control doesn't help. BTW, somedays I only drive 40 miles, and other days well over 300. A coworker had a 350 mile day a short while back.
I worked home health for about 5 years, up until a year ago. I live in rural Texas and averaged 75-150 miles per day. At first I drove a Dodge diesel pickup, then got a mid-size SUV. The truck was actually better on fuel mileage and made it much easier to go down gravel roads and through pastures! I actually got stuck in my SUV when going to a VERY rural location that had a muddy, black gumbo "trail" that was about 5 miles long.
I did worry a bit about the car it then realized it was just part of Home Health.
I bought a brand new car and then was dropped into a rural area due to staff shortages. I have put on almost 10K miles in less than 3 months. On one of my trips over a very bad road I took a hard to see dip at too high a speed. 3500$ in damage to the underside of my beautiful car.
I justify it this way. - With the hourly travel pay and mileage compensation, I earn my monthly car payment in just over 2 weeks. I think of the bright shiny thing as a tool - a tool I use to do a job I love.
As the previous poster said, it is just part of Home Health.
My mileage varied over the years but as a career home health nurse, I agree with above poster about seeing your car as a tool.
I've always driven modestly priced fairly efficient cars for work (18K price range, 25-30 miles/gal) with warranties based on years, not mileage.
I always bought new and turned over about every 4 yrs for the reliability.
With an average of a $350 car payment and reimbursement at $500-600 monthly, it was a wash.
Tip: live by the office or in your patient territory for min miles and/or max mileage reimbursement as well as job satisfaction.
Here's an idea. Take the money you get for mileage and put it in the separate savings account for car expenses and a down payment for a new car when you need it.
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