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Which Canvas Mileage Package is Best For Me?
by Canvas • April 15, 2019


Which Canvas Mileage Package is Best For Me?

It’s really no secret: everybody loves options. Though it’s always nice to have choices, sometimes it can be difficult to know which is the best for you. With Canvas, you have the option to choose which vehicle you want, how long you want to subscribe for, and even how many miles each month.

There are several different mileage packages to pick from ranging from 500 miles/month to even unlimited! Every Canvas vehicles comes with 500 free miles each month, but it’s always good to know that you have the option to easily upgrade if you need to.

We designed this feature to give you flexibility depending on your lifestyle and commute. The question now is “how many miles do I need each month?”. Piece of cake, right?

Your “Work” Miles

If you’re like most drivers, you spend most of your time in your car on the way to work and back home each day. If you live in a major metropolitan area like Los Angeles, you probably put a lot of miles on every day (well at least Monday through Friday).

You may have a job where your travel to and from work is the same. If your job is 10 miles from your house, then it is 10 miles back home. That’s 20 miles per day, 100 miles per week, and 400 miles per month (if you work five days a week).

However, if you have a job where you travel a lot, such as a sales job, then calculating the mileage becomes a bit more tricky. In that situation, just average the miles you drive per week and then multiply that number by four. That should give you an estimate of how many commute miles you tack on throughout the month.

Calculating your work miles gives you a good place to start when figuring out your total mileage for the month because these are “guaranteed” miles, meaning you know for certain that you’ll be using your car to get to and from work every day.

Your “Errand” Miles

There’s a pretty high chance you use your car for more than just driving to work. From grocery shopping to taking the kids to school, you may have some errands to run on a weekly or even daily basis.

Unless you run a tight routine, your chore miles can be a bit more challenging to figure out because they can be scattered throughout the month. However, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you do and when you do it. How many times do you go to the dry cleaner every month? Do you drop off and pick up the kids every day? How often to do you drive to the doctor’s office or dentist?

Sit down and make a list of all your errands. Calculate the miles to and from each destination and then add up all the numbers. That will give you a total for the month.

Your “Social” Miles

Everybody likes to get out of the house and have a little fun. These miles may be a bit more difficult to calculate than your work miles or even your errand miles because they can be sporadic and sometimes completely unplanned.

However, you may still have a general idea of how much time you spend on the road with family and friends heading to and from recreational activities. This is especially true if you save all your social time or personal time strictly for the weekends. Whether you take weekend trips or even drive to the gym a few times a week, there are lots of different personal and recreational activities that you might use your car for.

As with your errand miles, try to sit down and make a list of things you do every month for recreational or personal reasons. Add the miles up and get your total social miles.

Your “Vacation” Miles

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll add up your vacation miles. This is time spent on the road for extended trips, usually out of town. You can add up these miles with little effort because you might typically go on extended trips only a few times a year.

When calculating your vacation miles, try to think about all the places you go. For example, if you’re planning a summer road trip to the beach on the East Coast, there are a lot of places you may stop at before you reach your destination.

While this is easier said than done, you can probably come up with a ballpark figure of how many miles you travel for extended trips each year. Don’t forget to include any family-related trips that are out of town, such as visits to see grandparents or family reunions.

Your Total Subscription Miles

Now that you have broken down your mileage into categories, you can get the sum total of your mileage. You can always easily change your mileage package each month if you have one month where you may be using more vacation miles or taking some off of work.

Here is an example of what your monthly mileage may look like on paper:

  • Work miles: 400

  • Errand miles: 250

  • Social miles: 200

  • Vacation miles: 150

Total Monthly Miles: 1,000

Now that you have your total monthly miles added up, you can choose the mileage package that fits your lifestyle. It’s okay if you’re still not 100% certain! You can always change your package on the go from your Canvas dashboard.

Need to upgrade your mileage package?

Your upgrade changes will retroactively apply to your current billing period, so the extra miles are available immediately. Upgrading your mileage package today will increase the available miles in your current month. Your next month’s statement will contain an extra charge for the increased cost of the mileage package. We’ll maintain your upgraded mileage package into subsequent months until it’s downgraded back.

Rollover miles?

Rollover miles are any unused miles remaining at the end of your billing period. For example, if you have the 500 monthly miles package and only drove 400 miles during the billing period, the 100 unused miles will be carried (or rolled) over to your next period.

Note - if you have the unlimited miles package, you will not be able to rollover your miles if you downgrade. Also, if you swap cars, you will not be able to rollover miles to your next car.

Need to downgrade your mileage package?

When you downgrade your mileage package, changes will go into effect beginning on your next billing cycle.

Regardless if you need only 500 miles a month or you need unlimited, there are several options for you to choose from!

Happy trails!