Top car sharing tips for work
If you’ve just had a vehicle wrap, or any other kind of modification, there’s nothing quite like showing it off by taking your colleagues to and from work in a car share.
But there are also a whole host of other reasons, and advantages, to car sharing.
Here are five of them:
You get to save money
Although it’s illegal to make a profit from providing a lift during a car share, you can save a lot of money by having people put towards fuel and general wear and tear.
Fares must be decided in advance and the owner of the car is not permitted to act as a taxi.
So no picking up strangers on route to your destination.
You get to meet new people
One of the best things about car sharing is that you also get to meet new people, as part of it is about getting over sharing your vehicle with a stranger.
Depending on the car sharing scheme that you are in, the very good ones have procedures in place to ensure that the people you are travelling with have passed certain security checks.
When you start out, make sure that the organisation you are using requires members to lodge personal details when they register.
The car share scheme should also offer tips and guidance towards personal security.
You can also avoid being matched with people that you are likely to clash with or dislike.
Of course, you can always just not reply to that person who is asking for a lift in the future.
There are considerable environmental benefits
As you can imagine, the more people that are in a car on the way to work, the less cars that are on the road.
This means that not only are motorways and main roads less congested, but there is also less pollutants being emitted.
In fact, one study in the United States, which was carried out over three years, found that car share vehicles result in fewer privately-owned vehicles on the road, and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
One of the largest car share companies in the country, Car2go, has nearly 2 million members sharing 14,000 vehicles across 30 cities and every share car takes seven to 11 off the road.
You shouldn’t have to change insurance
Another great thing about it is that you don’t actually have to change your car insurance details as you are working to a non-commercial agreement.
That said however, it is advised that you check with your insurance provider first just ensure that you are able to participate in a car sharing scheme as a driver.
There are a range of schemes to choose from
Even if you find that you don’t like one particular scheme, the good news is that there is a range to choose from. Here are three of the most recommended: