5 Benefits of Driving a Car to a Business Conference


Driving a car to your next business conference may seem like a wild idea—especially in a day and age where booking a flight and then Ubering to the location is so incredibly easy. 

With that being said—it’s also true that there’s never been a better time to consider driving yourself–and in this blog post, you’re going to learn why. 

Sure, this may not always be the most ‘cost effective’ option—especially with gas prices being as high as they are right now. 

But there are actually quite a few other advantages to driving a car (either your own or rented) to the business conference instead of paying someone to drive you there. 

Let’s dive into it and talk about it.

1. You Get To Write Off Your Mileage

Writing off your mileage (or getting compensated by the company for driving your personal vehicle) is a fantastic upside to driving. 

Of course, your company’s mileage policy is going to dictate exactly how lucrative this move will be—but rest assured that you’ll probably get some kind of ‘kickback’ for it. 

If you rent a car—the company will probably pay for it (more on this in a moment). 

If you drive your own car for the company’s benefit, you’ll probably get compensated. 

If you drive your own car as a means to do business for your own company, you can write off the mileage. 

There are all kinds of ways to turn this into a positive for you. 

2. You Can Rent A Car

Renting a car can sometimes feel like a breath of fresh air in the complicated world of corporate travel. 

First of all, it’ll all go on the company’s dime—so you won’t need to eat any of the costs yourself. 

Renting a car guarantees that you’ll get to drive something that’s at least pretty decently nice—and that’s a plus. 

And if it breaks down, the rental company will come to the rescue. 

All in all, there aren’t many downsides. 

3. You Can Travel Your Own Way

Driving a car to the business conference gives you the power to travel how you want to travel. 

If you want to take the scenic route, you can. 

If you want to take the interstate, you can. 

If you want to stop for pie, pizza, or a sandwich—you can. And you can do it whenever you want. 

Sometimes, this kind of freedom is welcome on what can otherwise be stuffy, corporate business trips. 

4. You Can Park Where You Want

One of the upsides to taking public transportation is that you don’t need to worry about parking. 

But one of the downsides to it is that it isn’t always as reliable. 

The upside to driving yourself, on the other hand, is that you get complete control over when you arrive and where you park. 

And in some cases, this can actually work quite well to your advantage. 

For example—if you arrive early, you may be able to get awesome parking that’ll save you time and cut down on your walking distance to the event. 

You may also be able to snag those more affordable parking options before other people do—thus, saving you some cash and helping you to get a better, closer parking space to the festivities. 

You can even use some strategic thinking to help you save on airport parking prices

5. You’ll Have Greater Flexibility

When you drive yourself to the business conference, you’ll also gain some extra flexibility that could prove to be valuable and lucrative. 

For example—if you’re the only one who drove a car, you could invite other people to car-pool with you to the after party at another location. 

You could network, grab drinks, go out to dinner—and have almost total flexibility over where you want to go and how you want to get there. 

Of course, this also comes with some potential issues. For example—parking and traffic can be a bit of a pain when you’re trying to network. 

But the flexibility that comes from it can also be worth its weight in gold. 


There you have it. 

5 awesome benefits of driving a car to a business conference. 

Equipped with this information, you’ll now have everything needed to get out there and conquer your next business outing. 

You’ve got this! Now go make it count.