Driving alone has its benefits (you get to go where you want, whenever you want), but there are plenty of reasons why carpooling is the way to go. While it does require you to plan with another person, it is often worth it in the long run.
Whether you’re interested in carpooling to work with a co-worker or want to start carpooling with friends for a fun day of activities, here are a few reasons why you should give it a go:
Better For the Environment
Carpooling is better for the environment, plain and simple. Fewer cars on the road mean less pollution in the air, which ultimately helps our trees, water, and of course, air quality. If you are going to a concert, dinner, or day out with multiple friends, consider carpooling. The more people who choose to carpool, the better our planet will be because of it.
It Will Save You Money
If saving the environment didn’t convince you to carpool, maybe saving money will do the trick. Gas can be expensive — especially if you have a bigger car — so drive with friends to cut back on gas money. If you and a co-worker alternate driving to work every day, there’s a good chance you’ll save around a hundred dollars a month on gas (again, depending on how big your car is).
Helps to Reduce Traffic
Traffic blows, am I right?! There are way too many cars on the roads these days (especially in big cities), which is why more people need to carpool. Just imagine if everyone on the road carpooled with another person on the road… it would cut the number of cars on the road in half!
Take Advantage of the Carpool Lane
Many states and major cities have carpool lanes on highways in order to encourage carpooling. In fact, you can get to where you need to go much faster in the morning and evening if you’re driving with another person. If your commute to work is long, make sure you’re taking advantage of that carpool lane.
It’s More Fun
Driving with another person, especially a friend, is just more fun than driving alone. You can jam out to music together, tell funny stories, and laugh about things that have happened to you in the week. Not to mention, it’s nice to have another person to alternate driving with so you’re not always the one stuck behind the wheel.