With more cars on the roads, car sharing schemes are becoming more popular. Car sharing can help combat congestion and cut CO2 emissions, as well as saving you money. You can car share on most journeys, from regular commutes to one-off events.
What is car sharing?
Car sharing is when two or more people travel together by car for all or part of a trip. One of the people travelling is usually the owner of the vehicle and the other(s) usually make a contribution towards fuel costs.
Car sharing may be formal, using an organised car share scheme, or informal – for example, friends or colleagues travelling to work together.
You can find out more about car sharing at the following link:
When you can car share
Nearly every journey has the potential for car sharing:
- regular journeys – like going to work or taking the children to school
- one-off trips – like going to an event, festival or show that many other people are attending
How to car share
There are a number of easy ways to car share:
- you could set up an informal arrangement with family, friends or colleagues
- some organisations or businesses arrange car sharing for their employees – ask if this is available where you work
- there are organised schemes available to everyone which operate over the internet
To find an organised scheme in your area, check the following websites:
For journeys to or from locations in the Republic of Ireland the following website may be useful
Both websites are free of charge.
Even if you don’t drive, you can still car share. Many car drivers would be willing to share a car to work if there was someone suitable to travel with.
The benefits of car sharing
The benefits of car sharing include:
- reduced fuel costs and parking fees
- increased personal security if your car share means you walk to and from the car with somebody else
- better air quality and lower carbon emissions due to reduced traffic
- less congestion and shorter journeys due to fewer cars being on the road
- an increased chance of finding a parking space, because fewer cars means less competition for spaces
Is car sharing safe?
Some people find car sharing gives them increased personal security when walking to and from the car.
The major car share companies take safety very seriously and give guidelines to members. Remember that security should be a key part of any car share arrangement.
Insurance and car sharing
The Association of British Insurers says that car sharing won't affect the insurance of their members as long as:
- the vehicle seats no more than eight passengers
- a profit isn't made from any payment by passengers
However, if you have any concerns, you should check with your insurance company, as terms and conditions may vary between insurance providers.