10 reasons why you should carpool
If you are reading this, chances are you already have good reasons to carpool. We’ll list the top reasons here anyway to strengthen your resolve to carpool.
1. Save on gas
2. Save time by using the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and Express lanes along your commute
3. Save on parking costs
4. Save the environment and reduce your carbon offset
5. Save your energy – Driving is a complex activity that requires decision making, hand eye co-ordination, good reflexes, split-second decision making and an alert mind. Even if you don’t realize it, is an activity which can contribute to making you tired. Ride a few days instead of driving and feel the difference for yourself.
6. Have better control of your work schedule – This is easy to miss, but in the daily grind your work can control some of your schedule. To lead a richer and more fulfilling life, experts agree you need to be in control of your schedule instead. Carpooling is a commitment which may help your resolve to be on top of your work schedule.
7. If available, get carpool / vanpool prime parking spots on your campus – Some employers and institutions have premium parking spots as an incentive for carpooling. These premium spots will save valuable minutes every day – for example for finding a parking spot, walking from that far away parking spot to your workplace. Chances are your employer may have such measures in place already (or may consider introducing them at your request).
8. Reduced traffic congestion if more people carpool – This is a long term benefit and would be visible if a large number of people start carpooling. The more people carpool, the lesser will be the heavy congestion on the roads. You can join the campaign today – start carpooling.
9. Reduce dependency on oil – Oil is a precious and finite resource on this planet. We will run out of this resource at some point of time, the only question we do not have a definitive answer for is when. This is also a benefit that would be visible if a large number of people start carpooling.
10. It’s fun! It’s easy! – Daily commutes if you drive alone can be boring. Same old “highway traffic advisory” and “eye in the sky” reports to watch traffic may become routine, habitual and even addictive. Take a break from these and step into the carpooling world which forces you to relax and be more patient by virtue of other people traveling with you, and yet HOV and Express lanes reduce your commute time.