Is carpooling a good idea?
May 24, 2017 at 10:47 AM
You don't want to take a taxi but, for whatever reason, you do not want to drive by yourself in your car. The answer? Why not try carpooling! Whether or not carpooling is for you will depend on several factors and three of the main factors to consider are explored below.
Cars and lorries are responsible for 20% of human-made CO2 emissions in the world. If we arranged it so that there were fewer cars on the roads, we could reduce our carbon footprint. Carpooling is one way to do this. Look on any road and you will see plenty of cars, with just one person in each of them, all of them travelling in the same direction. Wouldn't it be more efficient, and greener, if we shared a car with other members of the community who are going the same way?
Cost related factors
Carpooling usually functions by asking everyone sharing the vehicle to contribute something towards the cost of the fuel. This means that travelling by carpool is significantly cheaper than driving yourself, and cheaper than taking a taxi, too.
The time factor
When you are by yourself in your car, you can simply go from A to B without worrying about anyone else. When carpooling, however, detours often need to be taken in order to pick up or drop off other occupants of the vehicle. This can increase your journey time, and is something to be aware of if you are (for example) intending to use a carpool with your colleagues to get to work in time for a strict start time - will you need to get up substantially earlier in order to accommodate this longer journey time?
Is carpooling for you?
Carpooling can be done with colleagues, friends or total strangers. It can be a regular commuting option for you, or just something that you do occasionally (for instance when you and your friends are all going to the same party together). Car pool initiatives are being set up all across the country. If having considered the three factors above, you decide that car pooling is the best option for you, you will have no problem locating a car pool to join. If not, you could always set up a carpooling club yourself and invite others to join.