The Environmental Benefits of Carpooling
There are so many ways that Americans can help slow climate change while being cost effective. Carpooling, also referred to as “ride sharing” has been instilled in us as a positive way to cut commuting costs, while also reducing carbon emissions and heavy traffic congestion. Some companies even offer incentives for employees that commute together, promoting healthier transportation habits.
The annual cost of commuting was reported to cost upwards of $160 billion, including 7 billion hours of “stop and go” traffic and 3 billion EXTRA gallons of fueled burned from too many cars on the road that are idling. Imagine being able to reduce the emissions of 3 billion gallons of gasoline – that’s like reducing over 65 billion miles driven by an average vehicle or planting over 690 million trees.
This motivation doesn’t just apply to traditional commuting. Apps like Uber and Lyft have added “ride share” features which reduces the number of vehicles on the road by one third. A professor at MIT reported that 3,000 four-passenger cars could actually serve 98% of the taxi demand in NYC, with an average waiting time of about 3 minutes. Imagine never sitting in traffic again! Time to start carpooling and ride sharing and reduce your daily aggravation.