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UPDATED: Mar 26, 2021

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What is carpooling? Commuters who drive to work together in one vehicle are considered to be carpooling. 

Why carpool? Because carpooling can save you money on gasoline, reduce your car insurance costs, and help save the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Check out our infographic below for more carpooling statistics and how the benefits of carpooling can save you time, money, and reduce your stress.

Enter your ZIP code above to compare car insurance quotes to see how much carpooling can save you.

What are the benefits of carpooling?

While 80 percent of people drive themselves to work every day, only 9.4 percent of them carpool despite the numerous environmental and financial benefits of carpooling.

Carpooling benefits the environment and our communities, but the advantages of carpooling apply to your wallet as well.

If you carpool to work, you can lower your car insurance rates by qualifying for low-mileage discounts and reduced coverage.

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How much money can you save by carpooling?

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey shows that only around 9.7 percent of American employees chose carpooling to work that year, despite the numerous environmental and financial benefits of carpooling.

According to AAA’s Your Driving Costs 2012, between gas, maintenance, and wear on tires, it costs an average of 20 cents for every mile you drive, which can add up quickly and vary depending on driving conditions.

When driving your vehicle, carpooling allows you to share this cost of the rides with your friend or passengers, or you may be able to alternate the vehicles being driven between your fellow carpoolers, which evenly distributes costs and vehicle wear and tear. It allows you to reduce wear and share costs with other passengers. You’ll save money on gas and maintenance by reducing the number of miles you drive per day.

Carpooling can also save you time and reduce your stress, especially if you live in a busy city. Most major cities encourage carpooling by offering high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, allowing you to cruise by stop-and-go highway traffic based on the number of passengers in your car.

Also, most major cities have carpooling or high occupancy vehicle HOV lanes, allowing you to cruise in the carpool lanes while passing the stop-and-go traffic in the main lanes, which saves you time and increases your gas mileage, saving you on the cost of gas money.

Take a look at our infographic below for more carpooling statistics.

Advantages of Carpooling Infographic

Our infographic takes a look at the state of carpooling and ridesharing in the U.S:

Carpool Infographic

Where can I find carpooling near me?

If you commute thirty minutes or more, talk to your co-workers or neighbors about carpooling together. Living near someone you work with, or if a co-worker lives on your way to work, is the easiest way to find carpooling near you.

Some commuters also use ridesharing or carpool apps like Waze Carpool that will connect you with drivers and passengers nearby headed in the same direction.

Some carpool and ridesharing apps let you choose whether you want to be the driver or the passenger while others don’t, so test out a few to see which works best with your schedule.

If you don’t own a car and are curious about carpooling and car insurance, read our guides on rideshare insurance and non-owner car insurance coverage to learn more.