Multiple Benefits of Carpooling
When it comes to carpooling, it’s hard to argue with the numbers.
Consider these from the public policy research group Sightline Institute:
- The average car and driver put out just over a pound of carbon dioxide each mile
- Add three passengers and the emissions drop to about one-third
Carpooling or ridesharing is quickly becoming one of the most popular and easiest ways to save money.
The automotive buddy system is more environmentally friendly, but there are other benefits of carpooling.
- Saving money gas, maintenance and wear and tear on tires, brakes, etc.
- As a passenger, you have the opportunity to relax, de-stress and enjoy the ride –– maybe use the time to catch up on work or even catch a nap.
- With fewer cars on the road, traffic congestion eases – and you’ll be able to use the carpool lane available in many large cities.
- Think of the parking money you can keep in your pocket.
- And, of course, you meet new people and can socialize.
How to set up a carpool
Carpooling arrangements can vary greatly. Your group may prefer to rotate drivers daily, weekly or monthly. Riders may pitch in money for gas and expenses when it's not their turn to drive. Or each driver covers the costs during their turn to drive.
The Internet has made organizing a carpooling group relatively easy. A variety of sites can match ride-sharing commuters by area, age, interests, preferences – any manner of criteria.
One of the latest is Facebook, which offers a carpool application to match up riders-drivers and incorporates Google maps.
Learn more about carpooling
Nationwide Insurance offers tips on driving safely while carpooling. And for information about calculating how much money you may save when share a ride, visit Commutesmart.info.