Going to work every day is just something that you have to do. It can be such a chore if you’re driving alone because you can sit in traffic for a long time. Plus the amount of fuel you burn to and from work in peak traffic is no joke. So that makes me wonder if it may make sense to carpool to work.
Let’s consider the pros and cons of carpooling to work.
- You will have to drive together with other people so if they leave work later than usual, you will have to wait for them. So you will get home later than you plan. And if you finished work early, you will still have to wait for the other passengers before you can go home.
- You don’t have the freedom to do what you want in the car full of passengers. For example if you are a person who sings along to the radio tunes or puts the radio very loud when you drive you won’t be able to do this. You will have to consider your fellow passengers taste in music as well as the level of the sound in the car.
- Given that you’re all going to more or less the same destination, you only drive with one car. Consequently you are lightening the traffic burden on the roads and becoming the solution. Traffic is caused by congestion due to the high volume of vehicles on the road. You can be part of this solution by reducing the number of vehicles. Think about it, if eight people carpool in two cars it reduces the number of cars on the road from eight to two. It is a significant difference.
- You can share the burden in terms of the fuel cost. The more people you have in your carpool the more you can save on the monthly fuel bill because everyone can contribute towards the fuel cost.
- It’s more fun to travel to work and back with company. It can be lonely driving alone especially when traffic is hectic. Friends can make it more fun because you can talk about the ups and downs of your day or you can chat about jokes and other fun stuff. Life is more fun with friends so they can make your commute to and from work a lot more bearable.
- Carpooling can reduce the daily amount of carbon emissions. Because fewer cars are on the road due to people sharing a ride, less carbon is being emitted into the atmosphere. This is good news for the environment.
- If you carpool with different cars, you can minimise wear and tear on each vehicle thus saving costs in this area. You’ll be able to drive longer with your wheels, brakes, clutch kit and other car parts.
While carpooling has its disadvantages, it is clear to see that it has its advantages too and these outweigh the negatives. So consider driving with a colleague to work next time so that both of you can reap the benefits of carpooling.
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