Single occupancy car travel (one person driving in a vehicle alone) is often the most expensive way to travel.
Car sharing is when two or more people share a car and travel together.
By car sharing, you could:
Whether you are the driver or the passenger, car sharing could save you money. By splitting the cost of petrol you can cut your fuel bill in half. Depending on the length of the journey, the cost of petrol is likely to be less than the cost of public transport for the same journey.
Benefit from social interaction
Driving alone is not much fun. By sharing the trip with someone else you can share stories, experiences and jokes. It provides an opportunity to maintain relationships with family and friends, but also to build new relationships with colleagues and neighbours.
People that commute by single occupancy car travel demonstrate higher levels of stress and lower morale. What better reason to share the journey with someone else? Many people involved in car sharing often have an informal rota so that they can share the responsibility of driving. This means that you can sit back and relax on the days that you are not the designated driver.
By car sharing with another driver, you are reducing the amount of cars on the road, which contributes to quieter, safer roads for everyone else.
Help the environment
By getting involved in a car sharing scheme, you are doing your bit to minimise the noise, congestion and pollution caused by the number of cars on our roads.
There are some mobile apps for car sharing:
FAXI [external link] Faxi allows people to create and join car sharing groups to identify, communicate and share journeys with other people who have similar journeys. Share your commute with other people making the same journey every day.
Liftshare [external link]Need to get to a festival, event or work? Simply run a search on your journey and find others going your way. Or, offer a lift so others can find you!