We live in a society that values individual freedoms, and this can be seen as both a blessing and a curse, especially when it comes to transportation. While it is certainly desirable to have the ability to hop in your car and head off into the sunset any time you like, you might be disappointed to find that everyone else had the same idea, leaving you stuck in gridlock rather than flying down the highway with the wind in your hair. And of course, there is the cost to consider, as well. Not only are automobiles themselves fairly pricy (even if you buy an economy car), but then there the attendant costs to consider. With fuel prices going up and petroleum deposits quickly becoming depleted, more and more people are seeking ways to cut their costs for transportation. But even more than that, people in general are becoming aware of the impact that burning fossil fuels has on the environment. Luckily, carpooling can address both issues in one fell swoop.
Consider for a moment how much you are currently spending on your daily drive. If you are one of the many people that have to make a long daily commute, then you are probably filling your tank at least once a week (maybe more). Depending on the size of your gas tank and the mileage you’re getting, you could be spending quite a bit at the pump these days to earn a paycheck (much of which goes right back into the tank, perpetuating a vicious cycle). But joining a carpool can really help you to spread out this expense. Even if you only drive with one other person in your office, you’ll cut your costs in half (and give yourself time to catch a few extra zees a couple days a week). In addition, many companies now offer incentives to employees that carpool. You could end up with gift certificates as a form of reimbursement, or even the ability to work from home or receive additional time off, all of which is good for your wallet (and your mental health). You might even receive some kind of break on your car insurance for cutting down on mileage.
But there is also the health of the planet to consider. When you and your coworkers decide to drive separately every day, each of you is spewing the same greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These toxic hydrocarbons not only harm you and others around you by polluting the air we breathe; they also contribute to holes in the ozone layer that are causing our planet to experience global warming, a shifting of climate patterns responsible for much of the extreme weather over the past several years. By carpooling, you and the others involved are doing your small part to ensure that the Earth will still be habitable for future generations.
There are many reasons why you might not want to give up even a modicum of your individual freedom in order to carpool. But when you think about how it can help the environment and provide for a safer and healthier atmosphere, as well as how much money it could save you at a time when budgets are tight for most people, you’ll realize that the benefits of such a move far outweigh any potential drawbacks.
About the Author
Sarah Danielson writes for CT Limo where you can find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs.