Carpooling or ridesharing, whatever you want to call it, is coming back. Back in the ’70s when we had our first gas crisis, carpooling became the thing to do. Then gas prices went back down, driving solo reigned supreme, and we all got used to going where we wanted whenever we wanted.
Now the scenario is similar, gas prices have gone up, and people are looking for ways to save money. But what was evident then, and then soon forgotten, and is more pressing now is the impact on our environment caused by so many vehicles.
In a graphic on the carinsurance.org website you can quickly see the problem and how carpooling can be part of the solution.
Did you know that there are more than 250 million cars in the U.S.? And now China and India are trying to be just like us.
And we use 1/5 of all the world’s oil to fuel those cars. And as we all know oil is a finite resource.
78% of us drive to work alone.
Carpoolers save 85 million gallons of gas a year. If everyone shared a ride just once a week, traffic would be reduced by 20%.
Can you share your drive or part of your drive with 1 or 2 or 3 other people?