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CAR-SHARING - HELP YOURSELF, THE ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS

Do you travel to work by car? Driving to work is, for many people, one of the worst aspects of the working week. Congestion continues to increase and nerves are often frayed by the time we are ready to begin the working day. And then there’s the journey home……………………
 
But have you ever noticed how many of those cars stuck in rush hour traffic have just one person in them? One solitary figure driving to work day in day out. How many hours are “lost” to that sad journey each day, week, month and year? And, of course, we know congestion will only get worse. “Improve the roads” is the common cry. But actually, there is a much easier, cost effective and pleasant solution that many of us really should be considering. Car sharing!

Car sharing - a growing movement in the sustainable transport sectorCar-sharing - help yourself, the environment and business

Car-sharing (or lift-sharing) entails two or more people sharing a car and travelling together. It is a growing movement in the sustainable transport sector, as its benefits to companies, staff and the environment are far-reaching.

Individuals

Money – sharing the cost of motoring can have a huge impact on bills.  Driving costs soared by 14% in 2011 becoming an even greater financial burden1. When sharing regularly, the average commuter can save around £1,000 a year!2

Social – sharing a journey with someone else going your way can provide you with friendly conversation and an opportunity to make some new friends. Having some company can also help add that bit extra security if you were to break down.

Save time – more people sharing means fewer cars on the road, which leads to less local congestion. This can improve both the reliability and actual length of journey times.

Carbon footprint - sharing a car journey is a more sustainable way to travel than travelling alone and can help reduce your own carbon footprint by about a tonne a year.

The environment

Emissions – increasing car occupancy can deliver vast decreases in emissions. Increasing the national average from 1.6 to just 2 people would reduce CO2 emissions by 20%3. In fact, a full car can be a more efficient method of travel than public transport.

Resources – car-sharing uses less of our finite resources.

Pollution – fewer cars on the road leads to less exhaust pollution and reduces noise pollution.

Business

Financial – car-sharing staff can relieve parking problems and even release parking spaces for more productive and profitable use. Car-sharing is a cost-effective way to reduce CO2 and meet environmental targets.

Staff – it is less stressful to car-share than drive alone, whilst the money saved and improved availability of parking will improve staff happiness and retention. Additionally it can help with recruitment as it supplies a sustainable travel option for new employees.

Targets – car-sharing can assist in meeting the demands of numerous objectives, such as operational budget management, emissions reduction targets and meeting CSR obligations.

Public relations – no more parking on the kerb! Car-sharing can relieve localised congestion and parking complaints, improving relationships with local communities.
Liftshare.com - travel together
Liftshare.com is the UK’s largest car-sharing network. With over 350,000 active members, there’s almost certainly someone going your way.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with luke@liftshare.com. For more information on how liftshare can help your business, please contact jemma@liftshare.com.

Notes:
1 – RAC Report on Motoring 2012 - http://www.rac.co.uk/advice/reports-on-motoring/rac-report-on-motoring-2012/content-chapters/3-0-motorists-and-money/
2 – Liftshare statistic
3 – NICHES - Urban Lift-sharing Services. European report.


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