There are more than a few reasons why people carpool, especially in today’s modern age where climate change and gas prices are making people seriously rethink how and what they drive. Especially if you’re driving one of the many fine SUV’s offered by Dodge, Chrysler, or Jeep. The fact is Carpooling will definitely save you money, but you’ll also save wear and tear on your car as well. Here are 5 major benefits of Carpooling that will help you save in more areas than just your wallet
This is the first and most obvious reason to carpool is to save money. Depending on the size of your carpool you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. In addition to the savings in gas, you’ll also save money on the wear and tear to your own car. Some cities and states have even started to offering incentives for those who chose to carpool. The Clean Air Campaign in Georgia motivates carpooling with money and prizes
Reduce your Carbon Footprint
According to rideshare.com, every car annually emits its own weight in carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If you carpool to and from work, it greatly reduces the amount of carbon you output by half or more.
Use of Carpool Lanes
There’s nothing worse on your morning commute than being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Luckily most major metropolitan areas have special lanes that are only available for those who are carpooling. These lanes are generally less congested which means a considerably reduced
Usable Commute Time
On a lengthy commute, there’s nothing to safely do but drive if you’re on your own. Carpooling however offers many other opportunities. If you aren’t the one driving then you can do things like check your emails, finish a few texts, read a few reports or anything else that will help you get a jump start on your work day.
Reduce Traffic Congestion
For a small group of people the benefits of carpooling are obvious. However if carpooling can be applied on a large scale basis, the benefits grow exponentially. Each participant who car pools take another car off the road, meaning less cars ultimately on the road. Less congestion on the road decreases overall fuel consumption, reduces the cost of road repairs, and ultimately reduces the amount of emissions in the air.
Carpooling is beneficial on an individual level and for your community as a whole. It can reduce air pollution while saving you money in the process.