Joining or forming a car pool can benefit the environment and your finances, as well as providing as boost for your health and expanding your social network.
Sharing a journey with others will reduce the number of cars on the road, which will in turn reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. You can also save money by splitting the cost of parking and petrol with those in your car pool. The more people in your car pool, the less money you will have to pay.
Air pollution that is derived from vehicle emissions is linked to a number of health concerns, including respiratory diseases and allergies. By using a car pool, you are reducing these health risks for yourself and your community. Furthermore, you may find car pooling less stressful than commuting alone. The companionship of car pooling can really help reduce the stress of the morning commute and allow you to make new friends in the process.
Joining an existing car pool
If you’d like to join an existing car pool, there are a selection of websites that advertise active car pools. These websites are listed below. The websites require you to input details about your intended journey, including your destination, where you are leaving from, and when. You will then be shown a selection of car pools that match your details.
- liftshare.com/uk/community/camshare – this website advertises car pools within Cambridgeshire and allows you to join specific car pools based on your location or work organisation.
If you’d prefer not to use car pooling websites, you can always get in contact with your friends, neighbours and work colleagues and see if they are aware of any local car pools that you could join. Alternatively, you could decide to set up a car pool yourself.
Creating your own car pool
Before creating your own car pool, ask around to ascertain how much of a demand there is for a car sharing within your social network. Broaden your horizons by advertising your car pool via social media and within your workplace. Bear in mind that car pooling is most often desired by people that live in areas with infrequent public transport.
Make clear beforehand the rules of your car pool, such as how money is to be divided amongst the occupants, in order to avoid misunderstandings further down the line. Make sure that those within your car pool are aware of pick-up and drop-off points. Perhaps create a Facebook or Whatsapp group to keep everybody informed of any changes that occur to the journey schedule.