Car pooling offers many benefits as opposed to driving yourself to and from work and around town. First, there’s the obvious economic benefit. When you have two or more people sharing one vehicle, the fuel charges are much less than it would be for each individual driver. Usually when people are sharing a ride they all share in the petrol or diesel expenses. There’s also usually a rotation of vehicles so that the driving responsibilities and the wear and tear on the vehicles are also shared. Included in the cost of operating your vehicle is the general maintenance over time like oil changes, tyre rotations and also car insurance. Thus, it’s important that everyone participates in the driving responsibilities.
With the increase in areas that use congestion charges, another advantage of car pooling is the tremendous saving made when taking your car into one of these congestion zones. While individuals may struggle with these fees, designed to help reduce congestion and pollution in the city, several people sharing in the cost is much more feasible. Also, by sharing a vehicle, you are helping to reduce the traffic congestion and cutting down on pollution. Your decision to share a car also has this nice altruistic benefit.
Who would benefit from car pooling?
There are actually many motorists who can benefit from sharing rides with others. Professionals and workers who commute into and out of town could experience the benefits described above with regard to the sharing of expenses and driving responsibilities. Stay at home parents can also benefit by consolidating trips to the grocery store, for shopping, or for running kids back and forth to events and activities. Again, homemakers can enjoy the cost savings, but also the sharing of duties that helps reduce the stress of managing so many things.
Students might also benefit from car pooling if they travel the same routes. If you share a home with another student at college, you could make your educational experience much more affordable by saving on fuel and transportation costs. Plus, it’s often nice to have someone to ride with as you travel. This is an additional advantage for anyone that uses ride sharing, conversation could help the drive time go by much quicker.
It’s important to remember that if you do decide to participate in car pooling that you are taking on responsibility for the others that ride with you. Be sure that your car insurance is complete enough to cover you if you are involved in an accident that not only affects you and your car, but potentially the other people in your vehicle. It’s illegal not to have adequate car insurance if you’re a motorist in the UK.
So remember these benefits of car pooling:
- Cost savings on fuel and congestion charges.
- Being ‘green’ and doing your bit for the environment.
- Sharing of driving responsibilities.
- Companionship while you’re on the road.
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