There have been car pooling lanes in major cities for years, and now, there are car pooling, car sharing and lift sharing sites to make sharing your car much, much easier than ever before. Match your ride to someone going the same way, or pop to the shops with someone else who wants to do their grocery shopping at the same time by signing up to a car rental or car sharing site and you’ll soon find that it’s actually one of the most exciting and interesting ways to travel – you get to meet someone new, potentially make a new friend and save money, whilst also doing your bit to save the planet. Learn everything you need to know about car sharing below.
- Car sharing works much the same as hitching a taxi. You can either call people that you’ve pooled with in the past, or when you’re ready to ride, put out a request – people who are local can come and pick you up. Alternatively, if you know that you’re going out, plan in advance. There are loads of ways to car share and you can download an app, send an email, or arrange through a website depending on whats easiest for you
- Not only does car sharing reduce your carbon footprint and your impact on the environment, but it helps to reduce stress – driving everyday can be very stressful and being a passenger, at least for a few trips a week, can really improve your mood
- Most car sharing sites arrange insurance, so that you don’t have to worry about cover, but if you’re unsure or if this is not stipulated then you’ll need to speak to your insurer to make sure that you’d be covered in the event of an accident or incident
- It sounds obvious, but don’t swap personal information over the internet and arrange to meet for the first time in a public place just to make sure that you’re both safe
- Set the ground rules before you meet up, for example, where you’ll meet, what you’ll do if one or the other is late, whether you’re comfortable with texts/phone calls, and how much the sharer will contribute to the journey/toll costs. You should also figure out whether or not you can eat and drink in the car, as well as smoke – some drivers are a little bit funny about the habits of other people in their car so it’s important that you always ask first! All costs should be agreed upon before travel and most companies will recommend a percentage that drivers should charge, which typically hovers around 50%
Source: Car Sharing IE