Car sharing is rapidly becoming accepted as the latest innovation in transportation, helping people save money and care for the environment. But many of you may still be asking yourselves what car sharing is all about, and most importantly how you can benefit from it.
Car sharing can be thought about in the same way as car rental…with a few differences.
Car sharing is when two people – whether they are relatives, friends, neighbours or even strangers – share a car in order to get from A to B. We may not have really thought about it, but we’ve probably all shared a car with a friend or family member sometime or other rather than driving separately to the same event.
However there are still lots of drivers taking to the roads with empty seats because they don’t know of anyone wanting a lift to where they’re going. That’s where services like Liftshare come in. They organise car sharing by connecting people travelling in the same direction. Once connected everyone can arrange how they’ll travel together and share the costs.
There are lots of benefits of car sharing:
- It reduces the cost of travelling: car sharing is cheaper than nearly all other forms of motorised transport
- It reduces congestion and pollution
- It reduces parking problems
- It’s a great way to network and make new friends
Did you know:
- Traffic jams cost the UK economy £5 billion every year in lost productivity
- There are 38 million empty car seats on the UK’s roads every rush hour
- 29% of children travel to school by car
Research suggests that if half of all motorists received a lift just once a week, traffic jams would be reduced by 20% and congestion and pollution by 10%.
So next time you’re about to set off in a car that isn’t full, log into your Liftshare account (we’re assuming you’ll all sign up after reading this because…well why wouldn’t you?!) and find someone in your area wanting a lift.
Alternatively, why not offer to take your children’s friends to school, pick up work colleagues or drive your neighbours to local events?
Show you care: car share!