Benefits Of Carpooling
Considering carpooling? Hitching a ride with some mates is a great way to save on gas, but that’s not the only benefit. From reducing your carbon footprint to arriving at work in a healthier mental state, carpooling is definitely something that should be added to your lifestyle. Whether you need to get yourself to work or your kids to school, it’s just another life hack that makes each day easier.
Still not convinced? Perhaps these titbits of information will persuade you:
1. It’s Better For The Environment
Did you know that according to The Rideshare Company, every vehicle emits its own weight in carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually? You can reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the need to put unnecessary cars on the road. If you carpool with at least 3 other mates, that’s 3 cars that will no longer be releasing Green House gas emissions.
Let that sink in. Is it weighing on your conscious a bit?
2. It Saves Money
If you don’t believe in global warming, then perhaps the idea of saving some money will nudge you in the carpooling direction. Yup, sharing your daily commute with friends will allow you to share the cost of gas and parking, reducing your commute expenses by more than 50% (the more in the carpool, the more you save). You’ll also have the added perk of not having to service your car as often.
There’s more! Traveling with others is also socially economical.
Not only will you save money, but you will also help minimize the need for there-construction of worn and torn roads and air pollution-related health costs.
3. You’ll Have Extra Time On Your Hands
Do you sometimes wish that you had a little extra time on your hands? When you’re not the one behind the wheel, then you’ll have an opportunity to get a few menial tasks done.
Whether it’s sending an overdue email, reading a few pages in that novel you never get to or sorting out your receipts for the week, sitting back while someone takes care of your commute certainly buys you a few additional minutes, at the very least.
If you have nothing better to do than to sit and twiddle your thumbs, that’s OK too! Staring blankly out of the window while another driver navigates through rush-hour traffic could be just what you need to ease in and out of your day.
4. It Reduces Traffic Congestion
No one has ever praised traffic congestion, in fact, it might just be the biggest bane of the earth. Carpooling is the best solution to this problem. Not only does it reduce the number of cars on the road but it also eliminates the need for you to curse your way through rush-hour every day. You’ll be doing all the other drivers favor too!
Parking is also a breeze. If you carpool with colleagues, you will arrive at the office to find plenty of open parking spaces. There will also be no waiting-in-line at the school drop-off zone if each car is carrying a few students at a time.
5. You Might Have Access To Carpool Lanes
Many large metropolitan areas feature specially designated carpool lanes. These lanes are solely reserved for cars that are carrying two or more passengers. The congestion in these lanes is kept to a minimum. This means that they are never as busy as your average freeway lanes – they’re a quite smooth sailing, actually.
If you qualify to use the carpool lanes, then you can reduce your commute time quite considerably. You’ll probably arrive at work on time more frequently – or you can be the early bird that catches the worm!
6. It’s Good For Your Health
Scientists have been studying the effects of air pollution on the human body for many decades. Most findings suggest that carbon emissions are linked to a number of health concerns including respiratory diseases, cardiovascular complications, allergies, and neurological effects.
By sharing a car trip with some mates, you can actively help reduce these health risks for yourself and everyone else.
And since carpooling is also less stressful, you probably won’t be a tight ball of anxiety arriving at work each day.
7. You Can Make New Friends
There is often nothing better than starting and ending a day with a good bout of chatter. Forming a carpool is an excellent way to make friends and socialize, even if the trip is short. Whether it’s a small talk or personal renditions you’re sharing, you are likely to feel more light-hearted when stepping out of the car if you have had a good amount of “talk therapy”.
The things you can learn about people when you are all stuck in a box together can often be priceless. And what’s said in the box, stays in the box!
The Bottom Line…
It makes sense to carpool, doesn’t it? Not only will it benefit your own lifestyle, but you will be doing others favor too.
As more people take part in carpooling programs, overall traffic congestion will decrease, fuel consumption will be reduced, commute time will be set to a minimum, and you will be actively helping your environment to thrive.
Round-up your coworkers or chat with the moms and dads at your kids’ school to see who would be willing to join you in a carpooling adventure. You’ll be surprised with how many raised hands you’ll get!